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About St. Jude

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


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


That can happen in part because more than 11 million active donors support us every year.


Those donations matter because the average cost to treat one child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, is about $400,000.


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How St. Jude began



Founder and entertainer Danny Thomas opened the doors to St. Jude in 1962 with the dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life."