To support the mission of ALSAC and provide funds, raised through running events, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. These funds are to be used for the continued research and care of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. When you support St. Jude, you help give kids with cancer around the world that chance. Together, we can save more lives.
Meet St. Jude patient, Reed
Medulloblastoma – Mackinaw, Illinois
Reed is the second youngest in a family of five kids, and the family’s “comedic relief,” according to his mom. But after a normal, hectic Saturday in April 2019, something very abnormal occurred – and it was no joke. Then 10-year-old Reed was unable to open the car door to let himself out. Once out of the car, he couldn’t work the door to the house. And things got worse from there. The ER doctor found a pair of masses in Reed’s brain that would be diagnosed as medulloblastoma.
Reed underwent four brain surgeries before being referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. At St. Jude, his further treatment includes proton therapy and chemotherapy. He loves the special services St. Jude provides, like the school program and cooking classes offered to patients and siblings by St. Jude, where he has learned to make broccoli-cheese bites and expand his palate, even trying spinach on a burger – something he never would have tried before.
Families never receive a bill
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – so they can focus on helping their child live. Because of generous donor support, we can provide children with cutting-edge treatments not covered by insurance, at no cost to families.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%.
When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
Saving children everywhere.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped raise the survival rate for children with cancer in the United States, where 4 out of 5 children survive cancer. In many developing countries, however, 1 out of 5 children diagnosed with cancer will survive. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer, no matter where they live.