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Get To Know St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

We’re heading towards the home stretch of the Cat Country Cares for St. Jude’s Kids Radiothon. Why not take a moment to learn a bit about this amazing hospital!

  • 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 and 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 all over the world.
  • The medical and scientific staff published more than 680 articles in academic journals in 2010, more than any other pediatric cancer research center in the United States. St. Jude’s researchers are published and cited more often in high impact publications than any other private pediatric oncology institution in America.
  • No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
  • In its most recent survey, Parents magazine named St. Jude the No. 1 pediatric cancer care hospital in the country, based on the magazine’s survey of more than 75 children’s hospitals nationwide.
  • St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today.
  • In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), 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.
  • The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.7 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.
  • During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude.

Call 1-800-982-9965 to become a Partner in Hope!

You can also make your donation online on St. Jude’s website.

Come down to Hamilton Mall on Thursday and Friday where you can participate in our silent auction and participate in a number of other great activities. If you can’t make it in, you can still help by bidding on great signed memorabilia from your favorite Cat Country artists. You can even bid on an amazing Las Vegas getaway!

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