Letter from the chairs of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dinner

Dear St. Jude Friend,

We are so pleased to announce that the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Club Colette. This year, St. Jude will honor Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III, for his humanitarian efforts and support of the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Captain Sullenberger is the heroic pilot who masterfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River and saved the lives of 155 people.

Fifty years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors. It was the first children’s hospital to bring research and patient care together under one roof. It was the place doctors from around the world could send their sickest patients for lifesaving treatments, and parents never had to worry about how they would pay for it. Today, St. Jude remains true to those same principles and celebrates five decades of research breakthroughs and unrivaled patient care.

When the hospital opened in 1962, children diagnosed with cancer faced a virtual death sentence. Only two out of every 10 children diagnosed would survive the disease; today we have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers to 80 percent. For five decades, St. Jude has advanced the research and treatment of pediatric cancer, as well as sickle cell and other childhood illnesses. But despite progress, pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death due to disease among U.S. children older than 1 year of age.

Thank you again for your thoughtful consideration. Space is limited. Please visit www.stjude.org/palmbeachdinner for more information or feel free to contact any one of us or Erika Mayor, our St. Jude Representative,with any questions. You may reach Erika at (800) 278-3383 or erika.mayor@stjude.org.

Best regards,

Lourdes Fanjul 

Talbott Maxey 

Tom Quick