12 Months of Giving: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As part of our company’s commitment to our “12 Months of Giving” resolution to donate to a different charity for each month, we have chosen St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the recipient for October 2015. The fundraiser will be held within the Planet Drugs Direct office and feature an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for staff members. There is a $5 minimum donation required to participate in the breakfast.

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is an exceptional organization that conducts cutting edge medical research and performs life saving treatment for children around the world. Founded by a young entertainer named Danny Thomas in 1962, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has expanded to include treatment clinics across the nation.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital focuses on cancer and other life threatening childhood illnesses and conditions. While the facilities use the latest technologies and care techniques to give patients the best possible chance at full recovery, the cost for patient families is $0. The daily operating budget for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is $2, and approximately 75 percent of those expenses are provided by public contributions such as the one Planet Drugs Direct employees are invited to participate in this month.

When the hospital first began its operations in 1962, the childhood cancer survival rate was only 20 percent. Now, thanks in large part due to the contribution and innovative treatments provided by St. Jude, the survival rate has quadrupled to 80 percent. The survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia increased from only 4 percent to 94 percent since 1962. St. Jude provides not only life saving treatment for children everywhere, but the hospital’s research has improved treatment techniques for all childhood patients as well as its own.

When a family comes to seek treatment at a St. Jude facility, they are able to focus solely on their child’s recovery. St. Jude covers all costs for travel, food and lodging thanks to the help of individual donations and fundraisers such as the one being held at the Planet Drugs Direct office. Planet Drugs Direct welcomes its employees to participate in a fun company event dedicated to assisting children and their families around the world. The event is for employees only and all costs associated with the event will be covered by Planet Drugs Direct.