Each year, about 175,000 children ages 14 and under are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death by disease for U.S. childreni. While these are paralysing statistics, there is hope. Thanks in part to treatments invented at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the overall childhood cancer survival rate has increased from 20 % to 80 % since the hospital opened its doors more than 50 years agoii. St. Jude’s goal is 100 % survival.

What is St. Jude?

Founded in 1962, St. Jude is a leading children's hospital, pioneering research and treatments for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The organisation is making a massive impact, seeing about 7,500 patients annually, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis and are part of ongoing research programmesiii. Over the years, the hospital has treated children from all 50 states and from countries all around the world.

Season of giving

With the season of giving up on us, it’s the perfect time to contribute to causes, like St. Jude’s. And to make the process of giving easier, we’ve teamed up with St. Jude to enable a new way to donate through Alexa Donations with Amazon Pay.

Alexa customers can simply say “Alexa, donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” to make a charitable donation via Amazon Pay using the information stored in the donors’ Amazon account.

Online giving, and later, SMS-based donations, made the process of charitable giving significantly easier for both donors and charities. Alexa Donations is the next step in giving, offering nonprofits a frictionless, trustworthy channel for fundraising. 

Watch this video to see how a mother of two little ‘doctors’ donates to St. Jude’s -- all with the power of her voice:

Did you know? The families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food. The hospital believes that all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

With St. Jude’s hospital costs averaging about $2.4 million a dayiv, donations are paramount to the long-term success of its work, ensuring the hospital can continue to find new cures and treat new patients all while treating patients free of charge. This year, operating St. Jude is expected to cost approximately $1 billionv, which means every donation matters.

At Amazon, we’re committed to making giving as easy as talking, and we are already working with more than 180 non-profits to offer Alexa Donations. To learn more, visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or click here to learn more about some of the charities support.

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i National Cancer Institute, “Cancer in Children and Adolescents
ii St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital website, “Our History
iii St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital website, “Facts for Media
iv Ibid
v Ibid