English Composition 1
Do you have a child or family member who has suffered from childhood cancer? Perhaps you
have a friend or co-worker who has? Have you seen the toll it has played on the child and the
family? Don’t you wish there was a magic cure for this catastrophic disease? St. Judes is a
research hospital for childhood cancer, that is greatly advancing in finding cures. With their
research they are coming closer, and closer everyday. Treatment that was designed at St.
Judes has taken the 20% overall childhood cancer survival rate and pushed it up to an 80%
childhood cancer survival rate, since they first opened 50 years ago. Danny Thomas is the
founder of St. Judes hospital and with your help he will make sure no child will be turned away
from treatment based on their ability to pay, religion or race. St Judes runs mostly off of
donations and a lot of their staff are volunteers. They love helping these children so much that
they are mostly working for free. To run St. Judes hospital for one day it costs over one million
dollars. That’s just one day of them keeping their doors open. Sadly, childhood cancer is on the
rise and is the number one cause of death by disease in children. We need to get answers as to
how and why this is happening and what is causing it. The average age a child is
diagnosed with cancer is the age of six. One in two hundred eighty five children in the United
States will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. More than three hundred
thousand children are diagnosed with cancer every year. Every three minutes a mother or father
is being told those dreaded words no parent should ever hear, that their child has cancer. More
than 40,000 children in the United States will undergo cancer treatment each year. One in eight
children will die from this horrible disease. With the lack of support in funding it’s delaying this
wonderful research for a cure. I’m going to tell you a story about a sweet little girl named Abbie.
In early January 2016, Abbie started getting horrible headaches and severe...