About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by Parents magazine, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children and has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.
Discoveries made at St. Jude have changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly and a place where many doctors send some of their sickest patients and toughest cases.
St. Jude has developed research protocols that helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened to almost 80 percent today.
Notably, St. Jude was instrumental in pushing the survival rate for the most common childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, from less than 4 percent in the 1960s to 94 percent today.
St. Jude is the national coordinating center for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. In addition to pediatric cancer research, St. Jude is also a leader in sickle cell disease research and is a globally prominent research center for influenza.
St. Jude works with six affiliate hospitals in the United States and through its International Outreach Program, shares knowledge, technology and organizational strategies with 20 official partner sites in 15 countries around the world.
St. Jude faculty members include a Nobel laureate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators, Pew Scholars and elected members of the Institute of Medicine, a prestigious branch of the National Academy of Sciences.
Founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities worldwide, publishing more research articles than any other pediatric cancer research center in the United States.
St. Jude treats more than 5,400 patients each year and is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. St. Jude is financially supported by thousands of individual donors, organizations and corporations without which the hospitalís work would not be possible.
For more information, go to www.stjude.org.