St. Jude 60th Anniversary

The Northern California Advisory Council Board, ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

“Success is Not Built on What We Accomplish for Ourselves. Its Foundation Lies in What We Do for Others.”

—Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Founder

As part of the compassionate, servant leadership of the Northern California Advisory Council Board, ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, I was thrilled to attend the momentous 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, themed “Miracles on the Bay,” held at San Francisco City Hall.

I cherish that Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude 60 years ago during segregation in the south with the vision of creating the first integrated children’s hospital where no children are denied treatment for their race, religion, or the family's ability to pay. And still today, families NEVER receive a single bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food. 

Today, we celebrate Danny's legacy with gratitude and appreciation. There are no words to express my gratitude for the researchers, doctors, and staff who continue to push the boundaries of science to save children's lives around the globe -- St. Jude’s lifesaving mission! 

Today, we honor the children -- St. Jude's patient kids -- past, present, and future. 

Today, we thank our loyal supporters for making our mission possible. Because of people like you, St. Jude is able to extend its lifesaving mission to help more children around the world. 

It takes a village to raise a child, let alone a child with cancer. The #1 factor in whether a child will survive cancer is WHERE THEY LIVE. In the U.S., 4 out of 5 children survive cancer. But in developing countries, only 1 out of 5 will be cured. These kids were given a death sentence, which is why St. Jude is such a gift to the WORLD. St. Jude is the #1 funder of kids with cancer and shares its knowledge with the world for FREE. 

Highlights from St. Jude's global efforts: 

  • 1,000 children were evacuated from Ukraine to continue their treatment after the war began. 
  • St. Jude is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise the worldwide survival rate for the six most common forms of pediatric cancer from 20% today to 60% by 2030. 
  • Global Platform for Access to Childhood Cancer Medicines, the first of its kind, will provide an uninterrupted supply of childhood cancer medicines to low- and middle-income countries for FREE, impacting ~120,000 children between 2022 and 2027.

WE WON'T STOP until NO children die from cancer. We can only do this together. I’m looking forward to our continued efforts to fulfill Danny’s vision that no child should die in the dawn of life. I would like to INVITE you to join us in moving the needle even further.

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