Research saves lives at St. Jude

Image source: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Facebook page.
Image source: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Facebook page.

MEMPHIS, TN (WLOX) - In less than two weeks, someone will win the St. Jude Dream Home at the Village of Tradition. Buying a ticket for a chance to win helps save children's lives by allowing St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis to continue its life saving work.

Not only does St. Jude offer life saving treatments for children, their extensive research continues to lead to breakthroughs, saving even more lives.

Since opening 52 years ago, St. Jude has played a pivotal role in pushing overall U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 percent to 80 percent. Discoveries made at St. Jude have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of the world's most gifted researchers come to work to make a difference. Dr. Rosanna Robertson is from the Department of Structural Biology.

"What I enjoy is the collaborative environment, because a lot of scientists are in their own world. Here at St. Jude, everybody is on this campus together. We are all working toward a common mission, and we all really work together toward that unified goal," said Robertson.

Robertson has been working alongside other researchers at St. Jude for the past four years. Part of her work includes research to better understand how cancer develops and how to fight it.

"In this lab we see how proteins interact with DNA or with drug molecules. The hope is we can understand how to develop new drugs for treatments and to inhibit or promote activity to cure whatever disease we are looking at," said Robertson.

St. Jude is a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer, creating more clinical trials for cancer than any other children's hospital. Robertson says there's a special bond among the researchers at St. Jude who share an environment she says is like no other.

"Everybody here has an energy, and everybody is working toward the same goal. You don't find that everywhere. Even though we have different projects, we all want the same thing; to find cures, save lives and save these children," said Robertson.

If you'd like to support the St. Jude mission, tickets are still available to enter for a chance to win this year's St. Jude Dream Home. To buy a ticket, call the St. Jude ticket hotline at 800-206-2263.

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