SAVE LIVES: Walk/Run to end childhood cancer on Saturday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital saves the lives of children all over the country – and impacts families on the Front Range, too.

Last week we told you the story of Kaylee Chavez, who is nearly five years cancer-free all because of St. Jude. It’s amazing stories like Kaylee’s that have inspired hundreds of people to walk and run on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Colorado Springs to end childhood cancer.

Sign up to walk or donate here.

As it turns out, saving lives costs money. St. Jude’s daily operating cost is $2.2 million. The good news is 75 percent of the costs of St. Jude are covered by public contributions.

Locally, the goal is to raise $80,000. As of Wednesday morning, teams are more than 60 percent of the way to that goal.

The Chavez family says St. Jude not only saved their daughter’s life, but the staff there did everything they could to improve the entire family’s quality of life while they stayed there for treatment over 11 months. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to above 80 percent over the past 50 years. St. Jude also shares all its discoveries so doctors and scientists around the world can save more children, too.

KKTV partners with St. Jude for the Colorado Springs Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Click here to support this fundraiser.