St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Royal Oak is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent and treat childhood cancers and diseases. The hospital provides treatment to children at no cost to their families, believing that the only thing the families should worry about is helping their children live. St. Jude often takes in children who do not respond well to standard treatments. The children’s hospital has pioneered new medical initiatives and participates in the development of new and improved treatments and clinical trials. Unlike other hospitals, most of St. Jude’s funding comes from individual contributors. Donations allow the hospital to continue providing free treatment and backing for research programs. St. Jude has the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center devoted solely to children. Since it was founded in 1962, the overall childhood cancer survival rate increased from 20 percent to more than 80 percent.
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