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Patient Calvin and his mom sitting in a colorful hospital room, smiling

St. Jude patient Calvin, with his mom


Is St. Jude really free?

Many families come to St. Jude thinking it’s like any other hospital. But because of our supporters, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

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Everyone's support makes a difference

Since we opened in 1962, our mission has been to find cures for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, regardless of race, ethnicity, beliefs or a family’s ability to pay.

In the years ahead, an estimated 89% of the funds necessary to sustain and grow St. Jude must be raised from generous donors. This is why supporters are so important in fulfilling the promise of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, who believed that "no child should die in the dawn of life."


If we had to live in the street for her to be at St. Jude we would have. But Azalea's doctor sat us down and one of the first things she said to us was, we can fix this. And the next thing she said was, we'll house you, and you don't have to worry about food or medical bills.

Azalea's mom, Simone

Patient Azalea sitting with her mom, smiling

St. Jude patient Azalea, with her mom


Thanks to our generous supporters, we're leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Patient Nicholas standing in front of the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion on a sunny day

St. Jude patient Nicholas


It allowed us to focus on Nick without the burden of what all of this would cost: the clinic visits, physical therapy, radiation treatments, occupational therapy, school, dentist, pulmonologist, audiologist, endocrinologist, ophthalmologist, chemotherapy treatments, even pet therapy and music therapy and more, all of which we never received a bill for.

Nicholas's mom, Nicole


I can't imagine what life after treatment would be like if we were worrying about bills. I'm sure it would be significant to the point where second jobs would come into play, and then that's more time away from her.

Eleanor's mom, Elizabeth

Patient Eleanor sitting with her mom and dad in a colorful hospital room, smiling

St. Jude patient Eleanor, with her mom and dad


We won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

That means investing in patient care, research and technologies that keep us on the leading edge. We're focusing on tackling the hardest-to-treat cancers, increasing survival rates and reaching more children with cancer worldwide. Read more.

Patient Elliott being held by his dad as they both smile

St. Jude patient Elliott, with his dad


Your donation helps give kids like Elliott the chance to grow up.

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A gold ribbon that symbolizes awareness of childhood cancer for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

One in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. won’t survive. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. With your support, we’ll be one step closer to that day. One cure closer. One child closer. Let’s cure childhood cancer. Together.  

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St. Jude patient Aspen wears a flower crown and colorful dress and holds her hands to her face.

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