“Your child has cancer” is a something that no parent ever wants to hear and yet thousands of families each year are completely gutted by those words.

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Just sixty years ago, parents who were told their child had cancer had very little hope that their child would survive because at that time, the childhood survival rate was only twenty percent. Today, the survival rate is eighty percent and a special man named Danny Thomas had a lot to do with that.

Danny Thomas imagined a hospital where a child with cancer would be treated and it wouldn't matter what their race, color, creed, or financial status was. In 1962, Danny's dream became reality when the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was opened in Memphis, Tennessee.

Consistent with Danny Thomas's vision, no child is turned away based on race, religion, of family's financial status. As a matter of fact, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment, housing, travel, or food. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital truly believes that the only thing a family should have to worry about is helping their child survive.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a leader in the way that the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. As a matter of fact, St. Jude freely shares the medical discoveries it makes which means that doctors right here in our community and across the world can use the knowledge shared by St. Jude to save even more children.

The majority of St. Jude funding comes from individuals just like you, St. Jude can focus on what matters most – saving kids’ lives. This is why fundraising and donations are so important to the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In September which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a special 5k Color Run is coming to Binghamton and a proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and its lifesaving treatments which have helped kids right here in our own community.

The 5K Color Run for St. Jude will take place at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton on Saturday, September 24. The run will begin at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to participate in the run, you'll find more information on how to register here or, if you aren't able to run but would like to support a runner, you'll find information on how to do that here.

You can also call 800-372-4999 and become a Partner in Hope by making a donation to help these precious souls as they literally fight for their lives. You can also follow this link to donate online: www.stjude.org/radio/whwk 

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