Meet St. Jude Patient, Calvin
In July 2016, Calvin’s family learned he had an aggressive, non-cancerous brain tumor called a
Calvin underwent two surgeries in California, after which his family traveled to
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for his continuing treatment. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. At St. Jude, Calvin’s treatment included additional surgeries and six weeks of proton therapy. He’s now finished with treatment and returns to St. Jude for regular checkups, something
he looks forward to.
“I like everything about St. Jude,” said Calvin. “I like the kids, the doctors and the nurses.”
It gives Calvin’s family comfort to know how much he loves the hospital. Calvin is a friendly kid who likes
basketball, playing video games and hanging out with his family and friends.
Families never receive a bill
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%.
St. Jude has helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from less than 20% when we opened to 80% today. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. Our founder believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” and we’ve spent more than half a century focusing on our mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Saving children everywhere.
St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
More than 75% of operating costs must come from generous donors.
It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year. Because more than 75% comes from generous donors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation.