76 hours, 36 men, 2 goals, 1 mission…Find a Cure!
Inspired by a young boy, many have come together to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. This is Jackson’s story.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital is dedicated to a simple, fundamental mission: to do what’s right for kids.
Doing what’s right for kids requires an investment in research to make the world better for children in the future.
As a teaching hospital partnered with the top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital is a world leader in pediatric research. One critical area of research the hospital is committed to advance is related to pediatric brain tumors.
More than 3,000 children each year are diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor among children. While the cure rates for many other types of cancer have improved significantly in recent years, sadly, most brain tumors still have an almost uniformly fatal outcome. Those children who do survive the aggressive surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments often are left with severe handicaps, learning disabilities or hearing and vision losses.
Federal funding for pediatric research of any kind is incredibly scarce, and it’s dwindling with each passing year. But thanks to generous donations from caring individuals and organizations, scientists at St. Louis Children’s hospital are able to carry out promising research to learn why children develop brain tumors and discover ways they might be prevented. Their studies also focus on developing new treatments that will extend lives or cure children with brain tumors while minimizing the negative effects of cancer therapies and improving their quality of life.
For more information about the hospital please visit STLChildrens.org