As WGNA launches it's annual St. Jude Radiothon,  I wanted to share some facts about the hospital and give you a chance to hear a newly recorded St. Jude Song that features Dolly Parton and The Grascals.

First the Facts-

-In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, was four percent.  Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent!

-5,700 active patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis. They maintain 78 inpatient beds and treat upwards of 260 patients each day.

-St. Jude researchers and doctors are also treating children with genetic immune defects and pediatric AIDS, as well as using new drugs and therapies to fight infections.

-St. Jude is a hospital without walls!  They freely share all research findings and information with doctors and scientists all over the world.

-St. Jude developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent, when the hospital opened in 1962, to 80 percent today.

-No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.  In some cases, the family is also provided accomodations and transportation during their loved ones treatment. The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.5 million. 

Help be a part of the cure by calling 1-800-720-5944 or donate on-line at www.wgna.com.

Listen and watch the video for the new St. Jude inspired song 'I Am Strong' by the Grascals and Dolly Parton.