He vowed to make St. Jude an inclusive place, a place of hope for kids with life-threatening diseases, as well as their families .
And no matter what, families have never received a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.
Our patients receive the customized care they need to treat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, no matter what barriers they may face.
We’re thankful for St. Jude.
St. Jude patient Za'Mya's mother
The first research grant that St. Jude ever received, in 1958, before the hospital was even built, was for the study of sickle cell disease. St. Jude subsequently launched the first comprehensive study of sickle cell disease and its impact on the African-American population.
In more ways than one, St. Jude was a pioneer
Equity is at the heart of our lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Without St. Jude, my children wouldn't be here.
Lisa, Javon and Jakayla's mom
Lisa and her children were all treated at St. Jude for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer. St. Jude has increased the survival rates for ALL from 4% before opening in 1962 to 94% today.
When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was largely considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
In 2018, The Links Incorporated awarded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital a $1 million Legacy Grant to help advance sickle cell research, testing and treatment.
Today, our lifesaving mission continues
Our stories continue to reflect our founder's vision that St. Jude be a place of hope and inspiration.