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In the 50 years since its opening, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has led the way in transforming how the world treats pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases in children. A logical question is, given all the progress that's been made, what could possibly be next?
Despite the fact he’s been battling medulloblastoma, a brain tumor, for almost three years, St. Jude patient Sam was able to maintain his grades with the St. Jude School Program and be his high school valedictorian, all while becoming a cancer survivor.
Along with outstanding patient care and research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital focuses on educating and training the next generation of doctors, nurses, researchers and academic leaders.
Our family-centered care philosophy gives parents and children a voice and a sense of control in during one of a family's most difficult times.
On June 21, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital took a long moment to mark its past 50 years of service to the children of the world. “Celebrating the Moments” was the theme of the special weekend and it fittingly began with a focus on the children as long-time corporate partner Target, also celebrating its 50th year, hosted an exclusive concert just for patients and families.
In 1962, cancer claimed 80 percent of children it struck. Most parents were told to take their children home and to enjoy the few moments they had left. Today, parents can not only dream of experiencing milestones—graduations, college, careers, weddings and new generations born—but plan for and celebrate those moments.
As the owner of a successful custom cake shop, Lori loves to craft cakes for the important moments in people’s lives. From pirate ship-themed birthday cakes to multi-tiered wedding cakes to cakes shaped like a baby’s bottle, each cake Lori crafts takes patience and care. After all, the recipients of these cakes want them to highlight something special in their lives. But there was a time when Lori’s family worried whether she would experience her own such moments.
Nurses at St. Jude do it all—from patient care to research to information systems. The department’s central values are caring and excellence. And it's been that way for 50 years.
Many patients are away from home for months at a time in order to receive treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That makes it impossible for them to attend their local schools and participate in traditional activities such as graduation and high school prom.
Think you know about St. Jude? Here's a list of things you may not realize about the hospital founded by entertainer Danny Thomas.
At 70, Rosalee Echele shows no sign of slowing down in her nearly four-decade commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Volunteers have played an important role in the St. Jude mission for decades.
Since 1962, millions of volunteers have helped make St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. But none was more important to children battling cancer and other deadly diseases than Danny Thomas.
Marjorie Webster has a heart of service and a spirit of volunteerism that spans 39 years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Marget and her husband, Peter, have three little ones, with all the happy chaos that implies. Her life is filled with diaper bags and burp cloths, but she’s a professional too. She works as a vice president of a real estate company that serves the retail market in Chicago. She’s known for her competence, her ability to close a deal, and, it must be said, for her beauty. When she talks to you, she makes you feel that, in that moment, you are the most important person in the world to her. Few people have that kind of charisma. Marget has it. To see Marget now, you’d never know that, as a child, she suffered from cancer.
Nutrition is important to all children, but especially to patients undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, clinicians have always understood the importance of good nutrition.
Innovation has been a hallmark of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since before the hospital opened.
In the 1960s, they drove to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in jalopies, clad in stretch slacks and freshly pressed cotton shirts. Today, teenagers come to St. Jude arrayed in faded jeans and clutching their cell phones and laptop computers. But some things remain the same.
In the spring of 1962, time was running out for Dwight Tosh, a 13-year-old boy with Hodgkin disease. The prognosis was so bleak that doctors in Arkansas had given up on his chance for survival.
On January 6, the United States Postal Service unveiled a commemorative Forever Stamp honoring legendary entertainer Danny Thomas, the founder of renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Four years after it first opened its doors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital made the medical community hold its collective breath.
On February 4, 1962, Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, forever changing the way the world would treat pediatric cancer.
When Danny Thomas started planning his shrine to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, he knew it would take more than just him to create the place of hope he envisioned.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was born in the desperate prayer of struggling entertainer Danny Thomas. Searching for a sign that he was on the right career path, he asked St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, "Show me my place in life and I will build you a shrine."
For many years, St. Jude researchers have been investigating the connection between genetics and pediatric cancer. Those approaches continue to have dramatic implications for clinical care.
Although Danny Thomas is gone, his words still ring true, guiding the leaders and staff of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as they work to fulfill his dream.
Tayde met Danny Thomas very soon after she arrived to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to be treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She will always remember it. The year was 1987, and Tayde was 7 years old. Her mother recognized Danny in the hallway and explained to Tayde that this was the man who had founded the hospital, and that he was famous.
Danny Thomas thought his life's calling was to be an entertainer. But a day came when he questioned his certainty in his dream. He sought answers from Saint Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. And when he did, everything he had hoped for began to take a backseat to a brand new dream.