To support the mission of ALSAC and provide funds 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.
We Live to Ride So They Can Live
Meet St. Jude patient, Ava
When Ava was unsteady on her feet and having headaches, her parents expected the brain scan would rule out anything serious. Instead, they were in for a shock. Five-year-old Ava had a cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma, and it had spread to her spine.
Referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Ava underwent a second surgery, proton therapy and chemotherapy. She has now finished treatment and returned home. Her dad was extremely impressed by his daughter’s St. Jude care team. “I’ve never seen such professionalism and care,” he said. “They don’t do it because they want money, they don’t do it because it’s fun, they don’t do it because it’s easy, but because they really believe in helping kids. It can only be explained as a calling.”
Most of all, though, he’s impressed by his little girl – empathetic, adventurous Ava. “She’s such a fighter,” he said, “she’s such a champ. She’s tough, she’s strong, and I feel incredibly proud. She’s stronger than me. She’s stronger than anyone I know.”
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.
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.
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.®
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.