Working together under one roof, physicians and scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent in 1962 to 80 percent today. And the survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent to 94 percent during that same time.
St. Jude is one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude - research that is shared freely with the global medical community. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.
As the 2009 holiday season approaches, you can give the greatest gift of all: hope to the children who are currently battling cancer or other deadly diseases.
How? Pledge to do the following:
- Participate in the sixth annual Thanks and Giving® campaign.
- Share this pledge with others to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not."
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