Here at 99 Cent Razor, we have launched an initiative where you get to Choose Your Charity! At checkout, you have now have the opportunity to choose from a list of 30 charities that you would like a portion of your order to benefit. The choices are housed in six different categories: Children, Medical, International, Aid and Assistance, Women, and Animals. Today we’re going to fill you in on everything you might want to know about a charity in the Children category: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Mission Statement
St. Jude’s mission statement is as follows: “The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.”
The History of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude’s Hospital has spent over 50 years working to find cures for pediatric cancer and to save children. Their efforts have helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to over 80% today, according to St. Jude’s website.
St. Jude’s was founded due to Danny Thomas being unsure of his life’s direction. He sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus — the patron saint of hopeless causes. Danny vowed that if St. Jude would point to the path he should take, he would build a shrine in his name. Success found Danny’s cry for help, and he began to fulfill his vow to St. Jude. The result of this was, of course, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was officially opened on February 4, 1962 by Danny Thomas, with the unveiling of a statue of St. Jude Thaddeus.
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Facts
Some fast facts about a charity can always be a huge deciding factor for whether or not you want to support them. These can showcase how the charity uses the money donated by people like you, and if the efforts pay off well. Here are some fast facts we have found about St. Jude’s:
- Current basic and clinical research at St. Jude’s includes: gene therapy, bone marrow transplantation, chemotherapy, biochemistry of normal and cancerous cells, radiation treatment, blood diseases, resistance to therapy, viruses, hereditary diseases, influenza, pediatric AIDS, and psychological effects of catastrophic illnesses
- About 7,500 patients are seen at St. Jude annually
- Most of these patients are treated on a continuing outpatient basis
- Many are a part of ongoing research programs
- The hospital has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during their treatment
- St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states in the US, and treats patients from around the world
- Patients at St. Jude are referred by a physician, and nearly all of them have a disease currently under study and are eligible for a clinical trial
- St. Jude is supported primarily by donations raised by its national fundraising and awareness organization, ALSAC, which was established by founder Danny Thomas for the purpose of funding St. Jude
- St. Jude also receives assistance from federal grants (mainly through the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute), insurance, and investments
Childhood Cancer Facts & Statistics
St. Jude is all about finding ways to prevent and cure childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is devastating, and it might help to know some facts and statistics about it to see just how big of a problem it really is.
First off, childhood cancer (or pediatric cancer) is a cancer that is found in children and young adults. The term can apply to cancer in young adults sometimes, too. Childhood cancer is not just one single type of cancer — there can be many different types found in different places of the body.
The most common type of childhood cancer is leukemia. Leukemia is a type of blood cancer. Cancer can also occur in organs and tissues, such as lymph nodes (lymphoma), the nervous system (brain tumors) and muscles, and the bone and skin (solid tumors).
Here are some solid statistics on pediatric cancer, as found on the St. Jude website:
- Cancer is diagnosed each year in about 175,000 children ages 14 and under throughout the world.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy for U.S. children.
- Thanks to better therapies, more than 80% of U.S. childhood cancer patients now become long-term survivors. (Note: This may not have happened without research from institutions such as St. Jude!)
- Survival rates can vary depending on the type of cancer.
- About 420,000 childhood cancer survivors live in the U.S., with many more around the world.
So, what even causes cancer in a child?
Adult cancers often are linked to lifestyle or environmental factors, but childhood cancer causes are not generally as easily understood.
Cancer in a young person is less likely to be caused by the patient’s environment or lifestyle changes. Cancer-causing genetic changes (mutations) are most commonly thought to occur by change.
In a few cases, children are born with genetic changes that increase their risk of getting cancer.
St. Jude Treatment Programs
St. Jude treats not only childhood cancer, but also blood disorders and related life-threatening diseases. St. Jude has a long list of diseases they treat — seriously, the list is long! Check it out here. The children with these diseases that St. Jude helps treat are often the toughest cases — including children who do not respond well to standard treatments.
How do I help support St. Jude through 99 Cent Razor?
Has this post caused you to fall in love with St. Jude and their mission of preventing and curing pediatric cancer? Great! (We are passionate about their mission, too!)
A great way that you can support St. Jude is through purchasing a 99 Cent Razor order. Just go to this page and make an order! At checkout, you’ll get a dropdown option where you can choose the charity you want to support. Just choose “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital” from the options.
Interested in learning more about our other charities? Click here to go to our Give Back page, where we have some basic information about each charity that we offer as a Choose Your Charity option.