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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. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
In the 50 years since its opening, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has led the way in transforming how the world treats pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases in children. Few organizations in the world are credited with as many paradigm-shifting discoveries as St. Jude. A group of St. Jude patients were the first children ever to be successfully taken off therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The hospital’s researchers discovered that bone marrow transplants can cure sickle cell disease. St. Jude also pioneered personalized chemotherapy, eliminating the need for radiation therapy for the most common type of childhood cancer.
A logical question is, given all the progress that’s been made, what could possibly be next?
The answer is simple. Danny Thomas once proclaimed that "no child should die in the dawn of life." Despite enormous progress in pushing overall U.S. survival rates from 20 to 80 percent, pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death due to disease among U.S. children older than 1 year of age. Some types of pediatric cancer continue to have extremely poor survival rates, and the overall rate of improvement has slowed during the past decade. To further improve survival, big breakthroughs and innovative new treatments are needed; the kind St. Jude has proven it can deliver.