St. Jude Medical Foundation
proudly supports these organizations
St. Jude Medical (SJM) Foundation is proud to support organizations whose missions are to promote health awareness and advance the state of medical knowledge through education, research and training. Three examples are detailed below.
Children’s HeartLink trains doctors and nurses in underserved parts of the world to diagnose and treat children with heart disease. Founded in 1969, Children’s HeartLink currently supports 10 hospital partner sites in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Ukraine and Vietnam. Working closely with their many dedicated medical volunteers, as well as governments and other organizations, Children’s HeartLink provides training, mentoring and capacity building opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of each partner site. Congenital heart defects are the world’s most common major birth defect, affecting one in 120 children. Nearly 90 percent of those newborns live in areas of the world where appropriate medical care is inadequate or unavailable. The St. Jude Medical (SJM) Foundation is a long-time supporter of Children’s HeartLink. Funding from the SJM Foundation, as well as from many other generous partners, helps Children’s HeartLink make a significant impact on the lives of children who otherwise may not receive adequate health care.
Camp Odayin is a place where kids play, worries rest, and fun happens. Camp Odayin provides residential, day and family camp experiences as well as support opportunities for children with heart disease and their families. Campers discover outdoor, athletic and creative activities in a safe and medically supervised environment. Fully staffed by volunteer counselors, nurses and doctors, campers are able to experience summer camp and foster life long relationships among youth who share similar health, emotional and social concerns. The only cost for a camper to attend is a $25 registration fee. Camp Odayin is a nonprofit organization that relies on the support of foundations, businesses, individuals and fundraisers. Generous support from organizations including St. Jude Medical Foundation have helped fund this life changing experience for many children.
St. Jude Medical (SJM) Foundation has partnered with the University of Minnesota to create The M.A.G.I.C. (Maroon And Gold In the Community) Pass program. The funding provided by SJM Foundation has allowed the University to provide opportunities and transportation via the M.A.G.I.C. Bus for Twin Cities area youth to attend mini health clinics at the U of M campus. Student-athletes teach the youngsters about living and eating healthy and the importance of exercise. The student-athletes also visit classrooms at area elementary and middle schools to teach the students various math and science focused experiments, and help the students set educational and healthy living goals. In 2009, the University was also able to expand the education base for the “Exercise your Heart and Mind” campaign, which encourages children to exercise to keep both heart and mind healthy. In 2009, the M.A.G.I.C. program had over 400 outreach events and the number is increasing every year.