Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September was proclaimed National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in 2012 to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. Learn how you can help St. Jude find cures.


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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month was designated to bring awareness to childhood cancer, which remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


Childhood cancer statistics, and what makes St. Jude unique

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Cancer kills more children in the United States than any other disease.

St. Jude creates more clinical trials for childhood cancer than any other children's hospital in the U.S.

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Between 180,000 and 240,000 children are diagnosed each year with cancer.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

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About 420,000 adults in the U.S. are childhood cancer survivors.

St. Jude is often where doctors send their toughest cases, because we have the world's best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers.
Our care doesn’t end when treatment is finished — St. Jude follows our patients for life. We’re learning and sharing insights from yesterday’s patients to improve care today.

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Learn more about childhood cancer.

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Why your support matters

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

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


Ways to help during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Let's end childhood cancer. Together.

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Walk or run and fundraise to help end childhood cancer.

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Help St. Jude end childhood cancer

Your support will help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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