Former patient who received life-saving treatment now works for company giving back to hospital who saved him
MEMPHIS, TN, April 06, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Alsco Memphis, a branch of Alsco Inc., the premier linen and uniform rental services company, recently donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This donation will provide necessary funds to help the fight against childhood cancer.
In 1998, one of the country’s top high school quarterbacks, Harris Jones, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. For eight months, Jones received life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. With the help of his St. Jude team, Jones realized his dream of playing college football.
“Harris Jones is now a sales consultant at our Alsco Memphis branch and was a patient at St. Jude when he was 17. St. Jude saved his life,” said Ron Richards, Alsco Memphis general manager. “St. Jude provides free cancer treatment to children from all over the world. The parents never pay a penny for travel, treatment or housing.”
“Funds contributed by donors like the Steiner Foundation are critical given that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Because all a family should worry about is helping their child live,” said Christopher Owens, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital market director/field development. “St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: finding cures, saving children.”
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to over 80% since the hospital opened over 50 years ago. “St. Jude will not stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children,” stated Owens.
“We are grateful for St. Jude’s mission. It’s donations like this that help to keep St. Jude going strong by providing jobs in Memphis and also bringing recognition to our community,” stated Richards.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers. The hospital costs about $2.8 million a day to run, but patients are not charged for their care. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and as a means of prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or family’s ability to pay. To learn more or to donate, go to https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now.
Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 130 years of business, Alsco provides linen and workwear rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations and more than 20,000 employees, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com.
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