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St. Jude Founder's Day is February 4

On this day in 1962, founder and entertainer Danny Thomas' dream came to life. It began as a wild idea and an unlikely movement.


February 4, 1962

St. Jude opens. The overall survival rate for childhood cancer is 20%, and hospitals are still segregated in much of the South.


St. Jude today

After becoming the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South when it opened, treatments invented at St. Jude helped moved the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 80%. St. Jude freely shares scientific breakthroughs with doctors and scientists around the world.


It takes a family

Danny's children took up the mantle after he passed away in 1991. They have dedicated their lives to helping us continue our lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®


Be a part of Danny's dream

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Help us fulfill Danny’s dream that "No child should die in the dawn of life."

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Join the Founder’s Day Facebook fundraiser >


Carry on the mission wherever you go

Browse the St. Jude Gift Shop for apparel, kids' toys, office supplies and more. In honor of Founder's Day, we have free shipping from February 4  9 on all orders.

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