Hope for all kids
Because the majority of our funding comes from our supporters, St. Jude can focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of race, religion or financial situation.
He vowed to make St. Jude an inclusive place for children with life-threatening diseases, as well as their families — a place of hope for all.
And no matter what, families have never received a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
When we arrived at St. Jude, it was like our world opened up.
Darnita, sickle cell patient Elani's mom
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.
Since it opened in 1962, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
Even today, our lifesaving mission continues
Our stories continue to reflect our founder's vision that St. Jude be a place of hope and inspiration.