With Breast Cancer Awareness Month being this month, it brings to my mind great organizations that lead in cancer research. One such organization is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated there, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life.
“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. ”
Personal word… After watching my mother-in-law struggle with breast cancer for 6 years, the topic of cancer is very personal. It is my goal with this blog post to bring you to a realization that together we can make a difference and support organizations that fight the devastating disease of cancer. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month web page (www.nbcam.org) offers many options for education and awareness.