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How your St. Jude donation can help in the research lab

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Inside Dr. Stacey Ogden's research laboratory at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the goals are high.

"I work on how cells communicate with each other and how those processes break down in cancer," Dr. Ogden said. 

"What we would really like to do is to find a new drug,” she said. “So tumor cells are attacked, but healthy cells are not."
St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade.

As soon as any discovery is made, no time is wasted.

"St. Jude is very free with information," Dr. Ogden said. "As soon as we discover something, we get it out there through publications and scientific journals, or (by) going to meetings and presenting our findings."
Support for this research comes directly from fundraising events like the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.
"It's able to jumpstart the program, because we don't have to sit in our office and write grants all the time and beg for money," Dr. Ogden said. "We have the resources here to get that work done and get it done faster."
St. Jude creates more clinical trials for cancer than any other children's hospital, a payoff that comes with a high price.
The daily operating cost for St. Jude is about $2 million, so matter how big or small a donation, the support makes all the difference.
"Medulloblastoma (brain cancer) used to be a death sentence," Dr. Ogden said. "And now, thanks to a lot of the work that's been done here, there's an approximate 80 percent survival rate. The support is essential so we can buy this equipment we need to do these types of studies."

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