|HERE ARE SOME EXCITING NEW REASONS to DONATE:
*St. Jude was recently named the World Health Organization’s first collaborating centre for childhood cancer! “With the designation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will support efforts to improve detection and treatment of childhood cancer around the globe.”
*St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Furthermore, St. Jude staff published 860 articles in academic journals in 2016; St. Jude researchers are published and cited more often in high impact publications than any other private pediatric oncology institution in America.
*While cancer survival rates in the U.S. have risen over the past few decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer live in low- and middle-income countries, often in areas without access to adequate medical care. Most will die from their diseases—and more children will die without ever receiving a proper diagnosis.
*St. Jude is committed to transforming the future for all children battling cancer. To reach this goal, St. Jude has 24 official partner sites in 17 developing countries. Users from 192 countries have accessed Cure4Kids.org, a free, Internet-based distance learning initiative. In addition, St. Jude trains thousands of medical professionals around the world through consultations and faculty visits to St. Jude
*UCSF and St. Jude are conducting an exciting Phase 1/2 trial for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID), also known as “bubble boy disease.” The trial, led by St. Jude’s Dr. Brian Sorrentino, uses gene therapy to give children a healthy new immune system. UC San Francisco doctors are optimizing low doses of chemotherapy for each patient to minimize any long-term effects. The first children treated in this trial have shown promising improvements.
*St. Jude is the coordinating center of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Study—a long-term follow up study of pediatric cancer survivors, conducted jointly by 30 U.S. and Canadian institutions, including Stanford University School of Medicine and UCSF.
*St. Jude is the coordinating center of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and UCSF participate in this collaborative group that works to speed clinical trials from laboratories to patients.
*St. Jude is the headquarters of the Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma Consortium, a multi-center effort to develop novel treatment strategies for children with Hodgkin lymphoma. The consortium is led by St. Jude and includes Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, as well as three top medical centers in New England.
None of my juggling or efforts to raise awareness would mean anything if people like YOU didn’t respond. Thank you SO MUCH for supporting Juggling for Jude! Thank you for your donations this summer, and of course, please SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY who might also want to donate. Don’t forget, I give soccer lessons in exchange for donations! Local families can contact me through my mom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember, it’s all FOR THE KIDS!