Frequently Asked Questions for Providing a Special Event



Why do I have to be 16 years or older to participate in a special event at St. Jude?

It is important to remember that St. Jude is a hospital where children are being treated for catastrophic diseases, so having a crowd of strangers around can be uncomfortable. St. Jude treats infants to teenagers. Because of the nature of what St. Jude patients experience during and because of their treatment, they have a tendency to feel uncomfortable participating in events when the group participants providing the event are close to their age or younger.

Children younger than 16 often do not fully understand what a St. Jude patient is experiencing. Seeing or hearing about a child in treatment might be uncomfortable, disturbing or confusing to them. They might stare and not mean it, and that is uncomfortable for the patients.


Where is St. Jude located?

There is only one St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and it is located in Memphis, Tennessee. If you would like to help St. Jude but are not able to travel to Memphis, read about ideas for at-home projects.


Why is there a limit of 10 people for a group providing a special event at St. Jude?

We cannot predict the number of patients and siblings who will attend special events, and participation varies daily based on how patients are feeling because of their treatment. Groups of more than 10 people tend to be overwhelming to patients and siblings, especially if the group size is larger than the number of patients and siblings participating. It is important to remember that St. Jude is a hospital where children are being treated for catastrophic diseases, so having a large crowd of strangers around can be uncomfortable.


Are faith based events allowed?

Yes. St. Jude is comprised of patients, families and staff from around the world, and the hospital has a commitment to respect the ethnic, cultural, religious and lifestyle differences of them. With this in mind, we prefer that no program or event offered is specific to any one religion and attempts, in any manner, to convert, save, proselytize or persuade any child, family member or staff to a particular religious belief, a different religion or any denomination of Christianity or other religion.


For how many patients should our group prepare?


Are we allowed to bring food?

No. Many St. Jude patients are on specific diets that restrict the types of food they are able to eat.


What are some of the common events that groups provide?

Arts and craft projects, game time, singing performance, magic show, puppet show, etc.


Can I have media at my event?

Because of patient privacy, outside media and publicity of the event is prohibited.