2015 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Radiothon
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In 1962, entertainer Danny Thomas founded the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the hopes of curing children's cancer and other deadly diseases.
Danny wanted to open a hospital where children would be cared for regardless of race, religion or creed. A hospital where families would never receive a bill for their child's treatment.
The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Founder Danny Thomas believed that "No child should die in the dawn of life", and we echo that sentiment even louder today.
Since its opening, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has become a shining light of hope for the world's sickest children. Their ground breaking research has transformed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
When St. Jude opened its doors, childhood cancer was a virtual death sentence. Only 20% of children survived and only 4% of children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, won their fight. Thanks in part to the research treatments developed by St. Jude, those survival rates for childhood cancer have climbed to 80% and the survival rate for ALL is now 94%.
There are so many ways you can get involved and help the children battling cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.