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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.
The foremost responsibilities of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are to the children with catastrophic diseases, their families, and to the donors that have committed their personal resources toward St. Jude's Mission.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened on February 4, 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states as well as from around the world. On average, 7,800 active patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis. St. Jude has 78 inpatient beds and treats upwards of 260 patients each day.
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 is the first institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research and treatment into catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer. Research findings at St. Jude are shared freely with doctors and scientists allover the world.
No family ever pays St. Jude for anything. In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 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 is the #1 research center in the world for childhood life-threatening diseases. Think of St. Jude as the “manufacturer” and your local hospital as the “distributor.” St. Jude freely shares all discoveries, so one child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.