The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Specifically, we wish to increase the cure rates to over 90% for the major forms of childhood cancer and advance research and treatment of specific childhood diseases such as sickle cell disease and pulmonary infectious diseases.
When St. Jude opened its doors in 1962, only 20% of children with cancer survived. Today, helped by innovative research at St. Jude, over 80% survive. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. This allows treatment and research to be conducted at St. Jude in an unsurpassed manner.
St. Jude is a world leader in both providing treatment to children and making scientific discoveries that will save the lives of more children in the future.