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What does St. Jude do?

You might already know that St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. But there are a couple of things that might surprise you.

St. Jude patient Tina with her family

St. Jude patient Delta with her family


Our families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

Many families are relieved to find that St. Jude will never send them a bill for their child's lifesaving treatment.

We also provide housing and food while they're here, and cover travel expenses too. Learn more about our unique operating model.


There are great research institutions, great hospitals and great charities. We're all three.

Our researchers and doctors work together to turn laboratory breakthroughs into lifesaving treatments for children.

Even the medicines we use are made right here at St. Jude, so that every patient gets exactly what they need.

St. Jude patient Warner with doctor
Danny Thomas with former St. Jude patient Lisa

St. Jude was the first fully integrated children's hospital in the South.

From the first moment Danny Thomas began raising money in the 1950s to build a children’s hospital, his mission was to help all desperately ill boys and girls, regardless of a family’s religion, race or financial status. 

Learn more about the legacy of St. Jude during the civil rights era.


We share what we know.

St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

We also give specialized training to international healthcare professionals, so they can use that knowledge in their own countries. We also provide a free online portal for doctors and researchers around the world to collaborate.

St. Jude scientist

We can do all of this because of friends like you.

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from generous individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids worldwide regardless of their financial situation.