It seems like every time you turn around, someone you know has or had cancer. It could be a loved one, a friend, a parent, or a child. You could even have cancer yourself. When we hear cancer, we always think the worst. When facing a cancer diagnosis, the first thing everyone thinks is, “I’m going to die from this.”
When it comes to facing a cancer diagnosis for your child, however, the first thing that goes through our heads is, “Why not me?” You would give anything to take their place if you could.
St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Care Center devoted solely to children. Listed below are some facts about St. Jude:
- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food because St. Jude believes all a family should have to worry about is helping their child live.
- Since St. Jude opened in 1962, treatments invented there have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent.
- St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. They won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
- St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs they make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
- Because the majority of St. Jude’s funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most—saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
- St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”
I don’t have a child with cancer, but I do have a father who had throat cancer. With the support of his family and friends and his own personal strength to endure obstacles, he did beat the cancer and has been cancer-free for several years. St. Jude provides that kind of support and strength to children with cancer and their families. My family continues to support fundraisers for groups that help all types of cancer patients in the hope that one day cancer will be cured. The next time that envelope comes by for a donation, remember that even one dollar will put us one step closer to finding a cure. You can make a difference!
Customer Service Representative - Life