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At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Elani receives treatment for sickle cell disease. Sickle cell, which is inherited, is a group of blood disorders that prevent the normal flow of blood in the body, because of the effect on the hemoglobin within red blood cells. 

St. Jude patient Elani with her family

St. Jude patient Elani with her family

Elani takes daily medication and visits St. Jude monthly. She loves to cook and make crafts. “Elani knows she’s not struggling with this alone,” said her mom. “She sees other kids at the hospital and they’re doing ballet and playing sports and traveling. The connection St. Jude has provided for her has helped her so much.”

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.