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501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

To find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening disease through research and treatment. And no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

How do you help people in my community?

As a research institution, St. Jude has a unique mission to generate the knowledge that will lead to cures and treatments for childhood cancers and other deadly diseases, helping to save the lives of children around the world stricken with these diseases. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. In that way, a donation to St. Jude benefits children in communities across the country and around the world.

St. Jude shared its research results in 775 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in 2012. That equals, on average, a new discovery shared every 11 hours.

St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. And thanks to your generosity, no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

Why do you need my support?

Despite extraordinary advances in diagnosis and treatment, cancer kills more children over the age of 1 in the United States than any other disease. Although cure rates for the most common forms of childhood cancer continue to rise, many forms of childhood cancer are exceedingly rare, and families often don’t know where to turn for information or help. St. Jude is where doctors send their toughest cases, because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer. And because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from caring donors like you, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situations.

The hospital’s daily operating costs are $1.8 million and 75 percent of the operating costs are covered by donations. Almost 9 million people make contributions to St. Jude each year, yet the average individual donation is only about $31. Your donation truly makes a difference and supports the pioneering research and exceptional care that happens every day at St. Jude:

• St. Jude is building the only proton therapy center in the nation that will be devoted solely to treating children. This therapy is more powerful in destroying cancer and reduces the risk of harmful side effects.
• St. Jude creates more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital.
• Nearly every pediatric cancer surgeon in the U.S. and Canada participates in training at St. Jude.
• The St. Jude After Completion of Therapy (ACT) program is the largest long-term, follow-up clinic for pediatric cancer patients in the United States. The clinic's accomplishments are now an integral part of national guidelines for screening and managing the late effects of survivors of pediatric cancer.

How can I be sure that you will use my money wisely and won't waste it?

Millions of people from all walks of life have embraced the mission of St. Jude to find cures that save the lives of children. We take pride in being good stewards of the donations received from our various events and programs, and we strive to find ways to raise money at a lower cost so we can increase the percentage of every donation going to the hospital. For a copy of our annual report and combined financial statement, please send a request to annualreport@stjude.org

Can I Volunteer? How?

There are a variety of volunteer-based fundraising opportunities for St. Jude. Through our Special Events for St. Jude program, participants take part in fun and meaningful activities benefiting St. Jude. Events can range from bake sales and car washes to bike rides and team walks. Our Volunteer Support Representatives can offer support and guidance on hosting a volunteer event for St. Jude. Give them a call at 1-800-457-2444 Monday through Friday. Every person who participates in Special Events for St. Jude helps fund the lifesaving research and treatment at St. Jude.

 This Profile was last updated on: 9/15/2014
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