From the moment St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors nearly 60 years ago, it has welcomed children from around the world with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, regardless of ethnicity, religion or their family’s ability to pay. St. Jude’s inclusive environment respects cultural differences and fosters strong relationships among patients, employees, and supporters. It reminds us that we are all part of one St. Jude family.
” The Hispanic community is home to some of the most engaged and active supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They embrace the mission and give their all to St. Jude,” stated Richard C. Shadyac Jr ., President of ALSAC (the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital). “Because of generous donors, St. Jude is able to help kids worldwide and the need for support continues to grow as St. Jude embarks on a new six-year, $11.5 billion strategic expansion plan to accelerate groundbreaking research and treatment that will lead to more lives saved. Our St. Jude family is cherished and we are bonded with love and optimism to ensure that our mission for childhood cancer cures continues. “
Ramon: From Jalisco to Memphis to Los Angeles
Ramon, 27, was just 6 years old when he arrived at St. Jude with his mother, far from the only home he ever knew in Jalisco, Mexico. Ramon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic Leukemia and required three years of chemotherapy. Ramon received additional treatment from St. Jude teachers. Soon, his father and sister would join Ramon and his mother in Memphis, Tennessee, so the family could be together.
Ramon stayed in the United States and went on to graduate from University of California, Los Angeles. Now working at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Ramon stays connected to St. Jude in several ways, including the St. Jude PLAY LIVE program, which involves gaming for a purpose.
Victoria: Teen artist paints with color, heart
Victoria, a talented Cuban-American teen artist from Florida came to St. Jude for treatment at age 8 for a brain tumor. After multiple surgeries, Victoria received 30 days of specialized radiation treatment at St. Jude, which is home to the world’s first proton beam therapy center dedicated solely for children.
Victoria’s artwork graces the “Dreamscape” installation of a cruise ship thanks to St. Jude partner Carnival and was seen on TaylorMade golf bags used by professional golfers at the 2020 World Golf Championships-FedEx-St. Jude Invitational.
Her collaboration with South Florida artist Alex Mijares has been the most meaningful. She designed the T-shirts to support Team Victoria, the St. Jude Walk/Run team named after her. Now in its sixth year, Team Victoria has expanded to multiple cities across Florida, raising more than $200,000 for St. Jude along the way.
Sebastian: Scoring big on, off the field
Sebastian from Colombia came to St. Jude as a child in 2014 after headaches revealed a tumor. Sebastian almost lost his dream of playing soccer, but a brain cancer diagnosis nearly ended his dreams. However, Sebastian, a cheerful, adventurous boy, rallied after being treated at St. Jude. His parents then enrolled him in soccer as promised. Sebastian was awarded the Iron Man award by his soccer team for his tireless effort and passion. Now 13 and cancer-free, Sebastian wants to go to school to become a mechanical engineer.
Mayela: Personality plus keeps family’s spirits high
Mayela began her treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, at home in Puerto Rico. Later, she was referred to St. Jude for a bone marrow donation with her father as her donor. Mayela is a mini mogul, and she even has her own YouTube channel. The feisty Grade Schooler loves to dance, talk, and make videos. She wants her audience to know that her bone-marrow transplant surgery went well. “
Celebrities, St. Jude Heroes(r) show support in September
Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the middle of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and celebrities including Sofia Vergara, Luis Fonsi, Daisy Fuentes and Laurie Hernandez will show their love for St. Jude on social media and rally fans to support the cause using the hashtag #30DaysForStJude.
Communities everywhere will team up for the virtual St. Jude Walk/Run on Sept. 25. Among the hundreds of teams participating will be Heroes Latinos & Friends, a group of runners across Oregon inspired to join the St. Jude mission – thanks to St. Jude Hero(r)Matilde Flores. A runner, Flores supports St. Jude in memory of her middle school classmate and friend, Maria, who taught her English when Flores moved from Mexico as a teen. Flores and other Flores carry on Maria’s legacy.
In Arizona, where Marcelino Quinonez helped create the Latino Council of St. Jude, he and others who share in his passion for St. Jude are actively recruiting members for their St. Jude Walk/Run team, ordering shirts that say “Amigos de St. “
The St. Jude family far and wide
The St. Jude family far and wide
The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. St. Jude supporters and patients connect year-round with their heritage through multiple means, including playing the ancient Mexican game of Loteria with friends, or celebrating Thanksgiving with a family recipe from Cuban-American chef AdrianneCalvo , or sharing family traditions and stories with St. Jude PLAY LIFE content creators Fabian and Daniel.
Reynaldo, a St. Jude patient Puerto Rico , celebrated his heritage by participating in a TikTok Challenge by dancing to J Balvin’s song. He also gave him encouragement and a shout-out. Perhaps the most touching thing is how a group dedicated Hispanic women, who are strangers in real-life but have made St. Jude part their legacy through years of monthly donations, included St. Jude into their estate plans. Because of their collective support and the strength of dedicated donors like them, St. Jude can continue its lifesaving mission.
Global challenge with a global plan
202109151131In April, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital launched a six-year ($ strategic plan to continue its lifesaving mission.
Global challenge with a global plan
In April 2021, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital launched a six-year $11.5 billion strategic plan to expand and accelerate critical research into the most deadly forms of childhood cancers — the ones still to be solved despite decades of progress on most types of cancer — while also aggressively expanding work in other key areas including blood disorders, pediatric neurological diseases and infectious diseases. St. Jude also plans to triple its global investment to impact more of the 400,000 kids with cancer around the world each year; kids who rely on the emerging collaboration and investments of St. Jude, the World Health Organization, and a coalition of international partners as their lifeline.
The global work of St. Jude has roots in the Central and South America region when in 1993, the institution established its first international outreach program in El Salvador. This work led to the creation of the St. Jude International Outreach Program, which eventually expanded to become St. Jude Global in 2018. St. Jude Global is a network of international networks that promote self-sufficiency, the sharing of skills among international sites, and accelerate global advances in the clinical care of children living with cancer or other life-threatening diseases. The regional structures are integrated to form the St. Jude Global Alliance.
St. Jude must raise more $2 million every year in order to fulfill its bold strategic plans. It’s the largest financial investment in St. Jude’s nearly 60-year history to accelerate research and treatment for kids with catastrophic childhood diseases around the world. This is a multi-trillion-dollar, multi-year problem. Donor support is essential to save all children. St. Jude will not stop until every child is free from cancer. SOURCE ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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