As I reflect back on the achievements of 2017 and welcome the promise of a new year, I am reminded that the critical work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is only possible because of the caring hearts and compassion of all of you who support our mission.
It is because of your generosity that we have the resources to continue to learn more about some of the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer — knowledge that could lead to more and better treatments for these diseases.
It is because of your compassion that we can continue our founder’s promise that no family will receive a bill from St. Jude for anything — not for treatment for their child and not for travel, housing or food while they are at St. Jude.
And it is your devotion and passion for our mission that allows us to dream big and take the fight against life-threatening childhood diseases like cancer and sickle cell disease to the next level.
When Danny Thomas founded the hospital in 1962, the overall childhood cancer survival rate was just 20%. Today, that number is more than 80%.