St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital

by PJ Mullen on August 17, 2010

in August 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

The next nominee in the August edition of Spread Your Warmth is a very familiar name, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

St Jude’s research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children; identifying cures for such diseases; and promoting their prevention. It is focused specifically on cancers, some acquired and inherited immunodeficiencies, sickle cell disease, infectious diseases and genetic disorders.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and opened on February 4, 1962. They are supported primarily by donations raised by its national fundraising organization, ALSAC, which was established by Danny Thomas expressly for the purpose of funding St. Jude. The hospital also receives assistance from federal grants (mainly through the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute), insurance and investments.

About 5,700 active patients are seen at St. Jude yearly, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis as part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.

Patients at St. Jude are referred by a physician, and nearly all have a disease currently under study and are eligible for a research protocol. 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.

Thank you to Jamie for nominating St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital for the August edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this great cause visit their website.

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  • Huskyslady

    They’re doing wonders for kids. Thank You Danny Thomas & his daughter Marlo for starting & keeping this going.

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