Preparations are underway for the ninth annual St. Jude Palm Beach Dinner for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® on Wednesday, April 11, at Club Colette in Palm Beach. The event will support St. Jude’s pioneering research and lifesaving treatment of kids who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. For the ninth year in a row, Palm Beach Dinner co-chairs are Lourdes Fanjul, Talbott Maxey and Thomas C. Quick.
Each year, the hospital treats about 8,500 children. Pediatric cancer treatments can last up to three years or more and cost an average of $425,000, including housing, travel and food. St. Jude relies heavily on donors to raise the $1 billion a year to run the operation. About half of the families are under- or uninsured.
“We are honored to be a part of this event every year,” Fanjul said. “We need the support of the community to reach a day when no child dies from cancer. Unlike any other hospital, families never receive a bill from St. Jude, and more than 75 percent of the St. Jude funding comes from individual contributions. That is no small feat, considering the average cost to treat one child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, is about $300,000.”
Palm Beach Dinner guests will have the opportunity to be a part of the “St. Jude Give to Live Society,” a yearlong exclusive membership that recognizes the generosity donors provide to fund groundbreaking research. Gifts range from $1,000 to $25,000 and cover such expenses as toiletries for families on up to the price of a major surgical procedure.
Also, this year’s event will spotlight the daily No More Chemo parties held at St. Jude. Each patient who completes their treatments will gather with friends, family and care team to celebrate everything they have overcome and look forward to everything that lies ahead. Patients even get to sing the “No More Chemo” song to the tune of the Oscar Mayer bologna song, and no one seems to complain about the daily pile of confetti in the hallways, representing the aftermath of a No More Chemo party.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats children from all 50 states, including Florida, and around the world. Because St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.