After more than 30 years, Math-A-Thon is America's largest education-based fundraiser. Math-A-Thon is a supplemental math education program for grades K-8 that also serves as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. Each year thousands of schools participate in Math-A-Thon, helping to raise millions of dollars for the patients of St. Jude.
Since its inception, St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped bring overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today. Your participation in the Math-A-Thon program helps make it possible for St. Jude to treat patients regardless of a family's inability to pay.Quick facts about St. Jude:
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, maintains 78 inpatient beds and treats upwards of 260 patients each day.
- On average, 5,900 patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis.
- St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
- In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent thanks to research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude.
- St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.
- The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.8 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.
To learn more about St. Jude, visit www.stjude.org.
- Kristie Orrego honored as 2012 St. Jude Math-A-Thon Coordinator of the Year
- 2011-2012 Top 100 Fundraising Schools
- Sixth-grader raises more than $38,000 for St. Jude
- New St. Jude Math-A-Thon video featuring Nickelodeon stars
Meet a Patient
For two years, Maddy had a knot on her left hand, which her family thought was a cyst. Two weeks before Maddy’s eighth birthday, tests revealed that the knot was actually a rare soft tissue tumor called an epithelioid sarcoma. Her family was devastated. Maddy’s doctor referred her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital immediately for her treatment and care. Read more.