St. Jude Children's Research Hospital continues mission to cure catastrophic childhood diseases
By WRCB Staff
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been treating patients for more than 50 years. While the doctors and researchers have made great progress in treating many catastrophic childhood diseases, there's still work to do and that's where you can help. It takes millions of dollars for the life-saving treatment and research that happens every day at St. Jude.
Nicholas is living proof of the work done each day at St. Jude. The Tennessee teen is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL. His mother, Tangela says she won't want to be anywhere else. "We're in the best place possible. We're not really sure what the outcome will be; however, I know this is the best place for him." He still have several months of treatment but is doing well.
Research done in labs at St. Jude has helped push the survival rate for ALL from 4% when the hospital opened in 19-62 to 94% today. Angela Carrillo works in one of the labs at St. Jude. "We have high-end technology that allows us to do what we do and try to do it faster and in a much more effective way" says Carrillo. Since Danny Thomas founded the hospital 53 years ago, the overall survival rate of childhood cancers has increased from 20% to 80%.
The medical staff treats about 300 patients every day and up to 8,000 each year. It now costs $1.9 million dollars per day to treat those patients and continue groundbreaking research that's saving lives of children.
Melody's son Brandon is a St. Jude patient. She says, "It's just amazing what all the donations can do. Just a little, a $100 can do the biggest thing." Brandon went to St. Jude when doctor's found a brain tumor. Just like all patient families, they never received at bill for anything involved in with Brandon's care, from medicines and treatments to living expenses and groceries and gas.
The hospital relies on donations to make that possible. Fundraisers, like the St. Jude Dream Home, keep the hospital running - raising more than $270 million dollars since the program began 14 years ago. For just a $100 donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, you have a chance to win this beautiful home or one of 7 other prizes, but more importantly, you're making a difference in a child's life. "The difference could mean the world to those kids and those doctors. They need all the money they can have to find the cure to this cancer so we won't have it no more for kids", says Brandon.
You can purchase a ticket at any Tennessee Regions bank location. You can also buy online or call 800-750-6962. More than 3,000 tickets have already been sold. If you buy a ticket by April 24th, you'll be entered into the Early Bird drawing for a a luxurious getaway to Orlando, Florida, valued at $2,500 courtesy of Quinn's Vacation Homes and 4 passes to Universal Orlando Resort.
The Dream Home will be given away June 28th. It is in East Brainerd at 8225 Knotting Wood Way in the Castlegate subdivision. That's off Givens Road near Publix.