Quick Facts on St. Jude

  • St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
  • Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
  • St. Jude has increased the survival rates for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) from 4 percent before opening in 1962 to 94 percent today.
  • St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases, because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive forms of childhood cancers.
  • St. Jude creates more clinical trials for childhood cancer than anyone else and turns laboratory discoveries into lifesaving treatments that benefit patients – every day.
  • St. Jude freely shares the discoveries we make, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
  • The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $2.2 million, which is primarily covered by individual contributors.
  • St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.
  • St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
  • The hospital’s International Outreach Program transfers the progress achieved in the treatment of childhood cancer in developed countries to those with limited resources. St. Jude has 24 official partner sites in 17 countries in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, the Eastern Mediterranean region and Asia.
  • St. Jude is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza Viruses in Animals and Birds.
  • St. Jude is the national coordinating center for the National Cancer Institute-funded Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and the Children’s Cancer Survivor Study.

Revised 2016

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