Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hopital in 1962.The hopital was founded upon the principle that no child should have to die in the dawn of life. With only seven dollars left to his name, Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, for guidance in his life. He claimed that if St. Jude would help show him his way in life that he would build him a shrine. This shrine has turned into St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
For over 45 years now, St. Jude Children's Research Hopital has been the leading research facility for childhood cancer. No child is turned away due to their inability to pay or their background. Upon recieving treatment at St. Jude, no family ever receives a bill for anything provided by the hospital. Operating costs are estimated at roughly 1.4 million dollars...DAILY...most of which comes from public contributions. Of these contributions, 85 cents of every dollar donated can be guaranteed to go to patient care and research. Upon finding new medical breakthroughs, St. Jude is willing to share their findings with affiliated hospitals nationwide. Protocols are sent to local hospitals so that patients can be treated at home. Mobile currently has over 50 patients being treated at St. Jude.
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Intern Colton and a special group of bikers present the Kruise for St. Jude check for over $25,000 at the hospital in Memphis.
95KSJ's 11th Annual Kruise for St. Jude was a success with hundreds of bikers riding from Eastern Shore Centre down to LuLu's all for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!
A great turnout at Hank Aaron Stadium to watch the BIG GAME and support the kids of St. Jude! Photos by Ruben Cadena
Alexis was found to suffer from neuroblastoma in April 2008.
Alexis colors quietly alongside her little sister, listening patiently as her sister chatters on about her drawing. Her sister loves to talk, but Alexis is shy. Their mom loves these moments, watching the girls play together. "They're like best friends," she said. "Alexis is a good big sister. She's very patient."
Alexis’ calm demeanor belies that fact that she has been battling neuroblastoma for more than half of her life.
Alexis was just 2 years old when she first walked through the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Treatment for neuroblastoma is complicated. Alexis has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, a bone marrow transplant and multiple surgeries. Her cancer has come back twice, and each time, St. Jude has been there for her family.
When Alexis first arrived at St. Jude, her family didn’t know that St. Jude would not only cover the costs of Alexis' treatment, but also housing, food and travel. "St. Jude took our worry away," said her mom. "Then, we were able to focus on the most important thing—her treatment."
Alexis' family is grateful for St. Jude donors. "There’s just not enough you can say to someone who gives without ever seeing St. Jude," said her mom. "Their generosity is overwhelming."
Today, Alexis is home and doing well. She loves board games, drawing and playing with her little sister. Alexis returns to St. Jude for regular checkups.
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