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Partnering in Hope

Posted by Brett James on February 23, 2021 at 8:00 AM

pray-3611519_1920Kix 102.5 to Host 5th Annual Radiothon with St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Kix 102.5, and Zimmer Marketing will host the fifth annual Partner in Hope radiothon on February 25-26, 2021. We at Zimmer are passionate about St. Jude’s mission to cure diseases afflicting those in the dawn of life. We invite you to join us in helping St. Jude continue their excellent work. Become a Partner in Hope, and with your $19 per month gift, the doctors and staff at St. Jude will continue their mission to treat as many sick children as possible.

St. Jude’s Hopeful Journey

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962, at a time when the chances of reaching adulthood for a child were much lower than today. According to Knoema.com, in 1962 almost 29 children out of every 1000 born in the United States did not live to see their fifth birthday. Today, that number has declined precipitously and is now less than seven. This is thanks in no small part to the dedicated research of St. Jude and those of you who support the hospital. 

Four years after Danny Thomas founded St. Jude, the hospital made its first major breakthrough: taking children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia off of permanent therapy. Prior to St. Jude’s efforts, this had never been done. A new era of hope for sick children was beginning. By 2006, St. Jude reported that patients with the condition had a 94% survival rate through non-radiation therapies. 

Advances in leukemia treatment have marked major accomplishments in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s History, but cancer is not the only hopeless cause that St. Jude seeks to remedy. Throughout the hospital’s history they have studied and made breakthroughs on many conditions.

In the late sixties, St. Jude made advances in research on childhood malnutrition. Dr. Donald Pinkel noted in the hospital’s 1969 report that 25% of children from low-income families in Memphis were anemic. Their research also found that almost 1 in 3 under resourced children had parasitic infections and were experiencing growth impairments. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital responded by creating a successful nutrition program for thousands of infants in Memphis. This program would later be used as a pattern for the Federal WIC program. 

St. Jude began its research on AIDS treatment 1987, after Danny Thomas announced the disease was within the hospital’s mission. This led St. Jude to create a Clinical Trial Unit for Pediatric AIDS unit with the help of two Memphis area hospitals. The hospital found that chemotherapy could prevent HIV infection in pre-born infants by 1994.

We believe in St. Jude’s cause. Here’s why you should too.

  1. St. Jude shares all of their research.

At St. Jude, groundbreaking research is shared freely for the benefit of children around the world. The Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, a partnership between St. Jude and Washington University School of Medicine, is an essential study into the genetic causes of cancer in children. Supporting St. Jude helps ensure that freely shared research like this continues to save kid’s lives.   

  1. You can help make hopeless situations hopeful.

St. Jude Thaddeus, whom St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is named in honor of, is the patron saint of hopeless causes. For a child suffering from a serious disease, and their parents, hopelessness may be a familiar feeling. But it doesn’t have to be. St. Jude’s research and freely provided treatment can truly turn hopeless causes hopeful.   

  1. This year has been hard on all of us, but some have been hit harder.

We all have experienced difficulty from life during a pandemic. Those who live with pre-existing medical conditions experience the most difficulty of all. During this trying season of life, it is more important than ever to partner with St. Jude in providing lifesaving care to the most vulnerable.  

Thanks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the childhood cancer survival rate has increased from 20% to 80%.

Many children who would otherwise not have reached adulthood now have the prospect of a full life. According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an 80% childhood cancer survival rate means that there are now 420,000 people in the U.S. who have survived cancer as a child. More of your support means more research funded and more lives saved.

Topics: Joplin Market, Team Zimmer

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