St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Your Generous Support Helps Us Continue Our Mission

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. As a cutting-edge research institution, world-class children's hospital and respected charity, we are dedicated to one goal: Finding cures. Saving children.® 

A Great Children's Hospital

Each year, about 8,500 kids pass through the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They come to St. Jude from all 50 states and from around the world because St. Jude is often where doctors send their toughest cases, because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer.

At St. Jude, we focus on the whole child—their physical and emotional health—as well as the well-being of siblings and the family unit. As the number of childhood cancer survivors increases, we must consider quality of life not only during treatment but also after treatment ends. A full, rich life is what our patients deserve, and it’s what we strive to give them from the moment they walk through the doors and become part of our St. Jude family.

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The Leading Research Institution

When St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in 1962, a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer, was all but a death sentence. Today, through the support of donors and the work of some of the best scientific and medical minds anywhere, kids who come to St. Jude with ALL have a 94 percent chance of survival, the highest anywhere.

Those survival rates are being pushed ever higher thanks to cutting-edge technologies such as the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center and the St. Jude—Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, the world’s most ambitious effort yet to discover the origins of childhood cancers and seek new cures.

A new research center is part of a multi-billion dollar expansion, and we are increasing the number of patients being treated on St. Jude-led clinic trials.


America's Largest Healthcare Charity

Every year, millions of generous supporters and volunteers embrace our mission to find cures for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They do so through generous donations, small and large, more than 31,000 events each year, including fitness events such as marathons and cycling, as well as with workplace giving, dinner galas and golf tournaments. That support means the dedicated scientists and doctors at St. Jude have the resources they need to conduct pioneering research to help save children’s lives. It also means a great deal of trust has been shown St. Jude by our supporters and peer organizations.

That recognition translates into global awareness and ultimately helps ensure that no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

This commitment makes such a critical difference in the lives of the children and families of St. Jude. It means that we can dare to dream as big as St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, who believed we would reach a day when no child dies in the dawn of life.


Vision of the Future

More than 400,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year and St. Jude currently impacts about 3 percent of this population. More than 80 percent live in low- and middle-income countries where the survival rate can be less than 10 percent. In May 2018, St. Jude Global was announced along with plans for a $100 million investment in the fight to end childhood cancer. The ambitious goal is to influence the care of 30 percent of children with cancer worldwide within the next decade. Currently, St. Jude influences the care of three percent of children with cancer worldwide. The St. Jude Cloud, launched in April 2018, is an online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides researchers access to the world’s largest public collection of pediatric cancer genomics data. This is an important tool that will hopefully lead to more cures and better diagnoses across the U.S. and around the globe.

The World Health Organization has named St. Jude as its very first Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer and together we will develop strategies that strengthen the global resources, organization and planning that is needed to identify and treat pediatric cancer. Additionally, St. Jude and the WHO are partnering in an effort to raise the worldwide survival rates of the six most common forms of childhood cancer to 60 percent by 2030.


Your Support Helps St. Jude Patients Like Ashtyn


St. Jude is God-sent. Everything we need is here. This is a terrible situation, to have a child with cancer, but St. Jude makes it less stressful on parents. They’ve made this a positive experience.”

—Brittney, Ashtyn’s mom