September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This virtual race benefits St Jude Children’s Hospital.
Did you know that St. Jude:
• is where doctors send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers.
• is a top national referral center for children with tough-to-treat forms of cancer or who have not responded successfully to standard treatments.
• is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.
• has helped increase the survival rates for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) from 4% before opening in 1962 to 94% today.
• develops new treatments that reduce side effects while maintaining or improving outcomes, so that survivors of childhood cancer can have the best possible long-term health.
• is building the world’s first proton therapy center dedicated solely to treating children.
• researchers and doctors have research and treatment programs for children with pediatric HIV and AIDS, as well as using new drugs and therapies to fight related infections.
• was the first institution to develop a cure for sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant and has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell disease programs in the country.
• was the first pediatric cancer research center in the U.S. with an on-site current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility, which produces innovative biopharmaceuticals and other products for use in St. Jude-led clinical trials.