Aspen, a 4-year-old St. Jude patient | Contributed photo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) as the official charity partner for CAAMFest Online from May 13-22.

The theme of this year’s first-ever virtual event is “Heritage at Home.” There will be online screenings, interactive panels and live performances to showcase new Asian and Asian American films.

Joining the festivities as a St. Jude champion will be Anh Sundstrom of 9to5chic whose passion for children’s health and the arts converge for this effort.

“CAAMFest Online presents an opportunity to celebrate the creative and brilliant individuals who are changing our world for the better in healthcare and entertainment,” said Sundstrom. “The patient families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fighting childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases remind us that we should never stop looking for ways to be inspired and find joy in life – no matter the difficult circumstances we face.”

Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – so they can focus on helping their child live. St. Jude also freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Parents of St. Jude patient Aspen, age 4, have experienced these benefits firsthand. While living in the Philippines, Aspen was following a St. Jude protocol for treating neuroblastoma, but when her doctor recommended immunotherapy, they knew it was unavailable.

Aspen’s doctor referred her to St. Jude. Since arriving in Memphis, Tennessee, in September 2019, St. Jude has discovered a mutation in Aspen’s genes and its doctors and researchers are working to develop a new protocol.

Today, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a humanitarian effort supported by millions of Americans of all faiths and backgrounds united in their desire to help St. Jude continue its mission: Finding cures. Saving children.® Because together, nothing is impossible.

Donor support for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital brings hope and comfort to their lives. Share a sweet message today by sending a patient art-inspired card to fill their day with happiness.

To learn more about CAAMFest 2020 and register for their online screenings, live sessions, and other programs, visit CAAMFest.com.

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