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. One child saved at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital means thousands saved everywhere.
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 — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%.
St. Jude has helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from less than 20% when we opened to 80% today. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. Our founder believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” and we’ve spent more than half a century focusing on our mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Saving children everywhere.
St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
More than 75% of operating costs must come from generous donors.
It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year. Because more than 75% comes from generous donors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation.