Thursday, April 3rd • 6AM – 11PM
Radio One Detroit and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are partnering once again for the 6th Annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon.
Last year, our listeners helped to raise more than $117,000 for this very worthwhile cause!
Join us again this year as we partner to help the children of St. Jude.
If you would like to make a donation to this amazing cause, click on the link below or call us on Thursday, April 3rd from 6am – 11pm to pledge your support. St. Jude has been improving and saving children’s lives for more than 50 years and they continue that tradition of excellence today. For more information on St. Jude Children’s Hospital, click on the more information link below.
To Donate by Phone, dial (800) 411-9898 (04/03/14 only)
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Serving The African-American Community
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital exists because of one man’s dream. In the early 1950s, entertainer Danny Thomas set out to build a research hospital where children would receive treatment for deadly childhood diseases regardless of a family’s race, religion or financial status.
- Noted African-American architect Paul Williams designed the original star-shaped hospital building, and St. Jude became the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South when it opened in Memphis on Feb. 4, 1962. Williams donated his design to St. Jude.
- At St. Jude, African-American and white patients shared the same hospital rooms, dining room and bathroom facilities. The hospital staff also was integrated.
- St. Jude played a key role in the integration of Memphis hotels in the 1960s. The hospital required hotels that provided lodging for any St. Jude patient to allow all St. Jude patients to stay, including African-American patients and their families.
- About 40 percent of the patients seen at St. Jude annually are African-American.
Sickle Cell Disease
- Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder affecting red blood cells that can cause anemia, pain, organ damage and even death. The disease affects one in 375 African-Americans and some people of Hispanic, Mediterranean and Native American descent.
- St. Jude has one of the largest sickle cell disease programs in the country with more than 800 patients. St. Jude also reaches out to educate the community about sickle cell disease through the KYSS (Know Your Sickle Status) program.
- St. Jude was the first institution to cure sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant in the 1980s.
- St. Jude recently led a national study that showed, in 2011, that a drug used to treat adult sickle cell patients is safe and effective for use in infants and toddlers. The drug, hydroxyurea, cut down on hospitalizations and eased other symptoms of the disease in very young patients.
- St. Jude always has been committed to studying sickle cell disease. The first research grant received – even before the hospital opened – was for sickle cell research.
A St. Jude study shows that the major gap in overall cancer survival between white and African-American patients can be alleviated. Nationwide, there is a significant difference between African-American and white patients in cancer survival. But a St. Jude study, published in the April 30, 2012, online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found no significant difference in survival rates between African-American and white children treated at St. Jude for virtually all cancers during the 15 years ending in 2007. The study shows how vital comprehensive care in a supportive environment is for improved survival.