Everyone knows the real Heroes are the children and their families being helped by St Jude Children’s Hospital. Everyone knows the other real Heroes are the medical staff, support staff and fund raising staff that work for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Did you know:
“The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Specifically we wish to increase the cure rates to over 90% for the major forms of childhood cancer and advance research and treatment of specific childhood diseases such as sickle cell disease and pulmonary infectious diseases. When St. Jude opened its doors in 1962, only 20% of children with cancer survived. Today, helped by innovative research at St. Jude, over 80% survive. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. This allows treatment and research to be conducted at St. Jude in an unsurpassed manner. St. Jude is a world leader in both providing treatment to children and making scientific discoveries that will save the lives of more children in the future.”
Do realize that even if you don’t live near St Jude CRH and don’t know a child who has been a patient there, a local child or hospital near you might be receiving help from SJCRH SJCRH shares their research freely all across the U.S. and in countries all over the world.
Take a few minutes to look at this video of one of the doctors at SJCRH (I borrowed this from Nicole DiSturco). It puts everything in perspective.
Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated. The survival rate is 80% which is incredible; that means 20% don’t make it. It is always an honor to put on the St. Jude Heroes bib and help in any small way I can.