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  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

On average, 5,400 active patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis.

  • St. Jude maintains 78 inpatient beds and treats upwards of 250 patients each day. 
  • St. Jude is the first institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research and treatment into catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. 
  • St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. 
  • Research findings at St. Jude are shared freely with doctors and scientists all over the world. St. Jude also enjoys a worldwide reputation as a teaching facility. The medical and scientific staff published more than 600 articles in academic journals in 2007, more than any other pediatric cancer research center in the United States. 
  • St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. 
  • In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent thanks to research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude. 
  • St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 70 percent. The current St. Jude survival rates for selected childhood cancers now include:
  • Diagnosis and current St. Jude survival rate:
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), most common form of childhood
    cancer 94%

  • Hodgkin disease (cancer of the lymph system) 90%
  • Medulloblastoma (a type of brain tumor) 85%
  • Wilms tumor (kidney tumor) 90% 


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