Not every child is fortunate enough to be healthy and safe in a loving home. Each year, nearly 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer, and many more face an uncertain future due to life-limiting conditions. Thousands of children and youth are homeless, and many more are struggling. But you can change that. Support Every Kid Deserves® to improve children’s health and wellbeing.

The Impact

You can help children by:

  • Finding cures to treat and defeat childhood cancer and other serious diseases
  • Delivering critical care for vulnerable children experiencing homelessness and poverty
  • Supporting education programs that empower kids to live healthy
  • Assisting families and those caring for seriously ill children
  • Offering life-changing experiences for children with special needs

What You Can Do

  • Start a workplace giving campaign or include Every Kid Deserves® in your current campaign.
  • Pledge a gift or dedicated match to the cause.
  • Involve your customers and community through cause marketing.
  • Increase employee engagement by offering our resources to raise awareness or volunteer.

Participating Charities

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • Children’s Health Fund
  • Covenant House International
  • SeriousFun Children’s Network
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Kenlie has been battling cancer almost her entire life but you’d never know it based on her sunny personality. When Kenlie was just a baby, she was found to have synovial sarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue and joints.  As a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for over eight years, she has undergone knee replacement surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, physical therapy, and in February 2016, amputation of the affected leg. “I love St. Jude because they never give up, and they fight along with us,” said Kenlie. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. Now, at age 10, Kenlie continues to receive chemotherapy, and enjoys visiting with her favorite nurses at St. Jude.

A version of this story was originally published at stjude.org.