In May, we donated the funds raised during our casual Fridays to St. Jude’s Child Research Hospital in Johnston, RI. We raised $200, and the company matched it for a total donation of $400.
Our donation was in memory of our co-worker, Larry, who lost his battle with cancer in April. His family requested donations to this worthwhile cause, in lieu of funeral flowers. Larry was a treasured member of the Loiselle team and we proudly display his memorial plaque in the waiting area of our office.
St. Jude Child Research Hospital is a premiere research and treatment center for children with catastrophic diseases. It was founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas in 1962 and originally based in Memphis, Tennessee.
Since that time, many other facilities across the country also provide treatment for children under St. Jude’s name. Children receive the medical care they need, whether they’re covered by insurance, or not.
St. Jude was the first institution established solely for conducting basic and clinical research and treatment into catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer. It is also the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.
The hospital’s groundbreaking research has pushed the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today. Efforts include pediatric cancer genome research, cancer survivorship research, drug discovery, and new therapeutic treatments.
The hospital believes in sharing their knowledge and lessons learned too. Their research resources and core facilities include state-of-the-art technologies to expand capabilities in the pursuit of innovative ideas. They also provide in-depth training for researchers interested in adopting new technologies.
Fortunately, in the United States, most children now survive cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. However, children in other areas of the world aren’t always as fortunate. They lack access to adequate diagnosis and treatment and many die from their diseases.
Consequently, St. Jude welcomes trainees from top institutions around the world for world-class scientific and clinical training experiences. Through St. Jude Global, the hospital demonstrates its commitment to improved survival rates of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases worldwide.
By sharing genomic data, analysis tools, technology, and organizational skills with international health care professionals they hope to drastically improve children’s health globally. They also offer fellowships, training programs, and distance learning so others can bring cutting-edge techniques and new knowledge back to their homeland.
If you would like to contribute to St. Jude’s Children Hospital you can do so on their website. They welcome one-time and ongoing donations and a wide array of payment options. You can also dedicate your donation in memory of a loved one.