Cancer is diagnosed in about 14 in 100,000 children in the United States every year, and for every one of those patients and families, the diagnosis can seem catastrophic. The most common types of cancer in younger children are lymphoma, brain cancer, and leukemia, with incidences of bone cancer becoming more prevalent into the teenage years. Research into childhood diseases is an ongoing process, and finding a pediatric oncologist who understands the latest treatments is paramount when families learn of a diagnosis.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the first institution to specialize exclusively in childhood diseases. Focusing on cancer research and treatment, the hospital tends to 260 children each day and about 7,800 patients every year. The hospital’s research efforts and lifesaving procedures come at a cost of about $1.7 million per day, which is primarily subsidized by contributions from the public. More information, including instructions on how to contribute, can be found at the hospital’s website, http://www.stjude.org.
About Byce Neier: In addition to owning his own private law practice, Bryce Neier is an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund. He is a frequent contributor to charities that benefit children, including Smile Train, ChildFund (formerly Children’s Fund), and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.