At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one-year-old Ryder is undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer. His treatment includes chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. “St. Jude is a wonderful place,” said Caylin, Ryder’s mom. “You may not understand everything they do until you see it firsthand, but it’s an amazing place.”
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Ryder. The funds raised by Heroes help ensure 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.
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