One in 5 children die from cancer

In 1962, when St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors, only one in five children survived childhood cancer.

The work at St. Jude the last 55 years has helped reverse those numbers.

Today, one in five dies.

But that one in five is far more than a statistic. It’s an innocent child who reminds us why our founder, Danny Thomas, set us on a mission to end childhood cancer so “no child die in the dawn of life.”

Everyone who works at St. Jude and ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, feels that statistic deeply. You can hear and feel it in this recent speech by ALSAC President and CEO, Rick Shadyac Jr., to donors who fund the work of our remarkable doctors and researchers.

We hope you’ll invest the next six minutes with Rick to meet five special kids with cancer. And to understand why losing even one child is unacceptable to all of us.