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At the hospital in Mumbai, 13-month-old Bella had pulled through surgery to remove her brain tumor. But the news was still grim: Her cancer was incurable. As Bella’s parents reeled, a stranger approached – the father of another child in the same hospital. He told them about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

St. Jude patient Bella

St. Jude patient Bella

Bella’s parents had never heard of St. Jude. But soon, based on additional pathology from St. Jude, as well as another hospital in India, Bella’s diagnosis was changed to anaplastic ependymoma – a survivable disease, if treated properly. At St. Jude, Bella received proton therapy and chemotherapy. And today, she’s thriving.

Cost to family: $0

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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.

Any amount helps St. Jude kids

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Approximately 75% of our budgeted costs are covered by public contributions.

Our goal: 100% survival

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St. Jude has helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from less than 20% when we opened to 80% today. We won't stop until no child dies from cancer.