Parents, Teens Agree on St. Jude’s

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Teen fundraiser Luc Deshayes and his mother Gladys Abi-Najm at the third annual St. Jude Golden Gala. Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan.

Luc Deshayes, the top fundraiser on the teen committee, and his mother, Gladys Abi-Najm of the parent committee, attended the third annual St. Jude Golden Gala, benefiting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Students representing 19 schools from the Washington metropolitan area and their parents celebrated Sept. 22 at the French Embassy.

Teens and their parents are doing their part to help raise awareness and funds for teens battling cancer. One third of the patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are teens ages 15 to 18. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today. As the hospital likes to say: “Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

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