What makes St. Jude special

Quick Facts about St. Jude

  • For 50 years, St. Jude has had a history of taking on many of the most difficult and underserved pediatric diseases. St. Jude sees on average 7,800 children a year from throughout the United States and from around the world, while many more children are seen at the six St. Jude affiliate sites. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
  • 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.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade.
  • The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.9 million, which is primarily covered by individual contributors.
  • St. Jude creates more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital and turns laboratory discoveries into lifesaving treatments that benefit patients – every day.
  • St. Jude freely shares its groundbreaking discoveries, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children around the world.

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