St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital if the single largest center in the United States for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other childhood catastrophic diseases. It is the first and only institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research into catastrophic diseases. Extensive research is done in the basic biological sciences – biochemistry, microbiology, and virology with heavy emphasis on pharmacology and immunology. The instruments of basic research are those of the laboratory: the electronic microscope, radioisotopes, sophisticated electronics, cultures of living cells, supercold liquid nitrogen and lots of test tubes.
Once a patient is accepted, St. Jude covers all medical costs beyond those covered by insurance. Families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude Hospital also provides transportation, lodging, and meals for one parent and child.