Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, began fundraising for his vision of St. Jude in the early 1950s. Through will power and support from the communities he joined throughout his lifetime, St. Jude now proudly operates the first proton therapy center in the world dedicated to children with cancer.
The St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center is focused on improving cancer treatment in a child’s still-developing body. Proton therapy aims to treat children with Brain Tumors, Ewing Sarcoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma, Neuroblastoma, and Retinoblastoma.
“Proton therapy lets doctors aim high-dose radiation at cancer cells and spare healthy cells. It is one of the most advanced and precise forms of radiation treatment today.”
St. Jude’s mission has always been about “Finding Cures. Saving Children.” As their awareness of pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases has increased, so has their survival rate. Beginning at about 20% of patients surviving treatment, now they are seeing more than an 80% patient survival rate.
Proton Therapy is different than radiation from X-rays and gamma rays as it harms less healthy tissue on the way to the tumor and when leaving the tumor. Clinical trials have found that this therapy may cause fewer late effects meaning there hopefully will not be any harm to a child’s brain development after treatment. This will then lead to having a higher quality of life, bettering academic achievement and increasing their ability to hold a job and live independently.
Chairman Thomas Merchant of St. Jude noted, “We’ve been leaders in radiation oncology. Proton therapy represents the logical next step. There was no question that we were going to do this someday, we just had to wait for the right technology. Now we’re painting spots of radiation using pencil beam scanning methods where we paint the dose in layer by layer, spot by spot.”
In order for this therapy to work, scientists begin with hydrogen gas. They ionize the hydrogen gas, which strips off the electron and leaves them with the proton. The protons are collected in a narrow beam and travel to a synchrotron. At this point the protons are accelerated to about 60% the speed of light, that means within the synchrotron they take 8 million turns within one second, the same distance as four and half times around the Earth.
See here, the scanning nozzle brings the beam from the synchrotron directly into the patient where therapy is needed. A CT scanner allows 3D imagery to highly promise that the beam will hit the patient at the appropriate location.
Village Park Homes knows that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s brilliant researchers are finding innovative ways like Proton Therapy to treat and defeat pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases. Without campaigns like the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, this non-profit organization would not be able to capitalize on their successes each year.
Our 2019 Savannah St. Jude Dream Home is being built in Rice Hope Plantation, a new urbanism community with fabulous amenities and a lot of attractive features. All funds from the raffle contest to win our home go directly to St Jude. Only 6500 tickets will be sold for a chance to win this beautiful home. Tickets will cost $100 each and will go on sale on April 8th, 2019. You can order online by visiting dreamhom.org or by calling 1-800-383-9844. The winning ticket will be drawn live on WSAV TV on June 26th, 2019
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