St. Jude Founder's Day is Feb. 4


"Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.  It's what you do for others." 
- Danny Thomas, St. Jude founder 




“Someday, God willing, we are going to beat all the odds and make childhood cancer a thing of the past.”
-Danny Thomas


St. Jude has made large strides in childhood cancer research since it opened on Feb. 4, 1962. We’ve helped improve the overall survival rate of childhood cancer from 20% to 80%. Today, we’re a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer, and we create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children's hospital in the U.S. We freely share those breakthroughs, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

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“No child should die in the dawn of life.”
-Danny Thomas


Since our opening in 1962, St. Jude has been dedicated to saving children with cancer, sickle cell and other diseases from all backgrounds and walks of life. Danny opened St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Feb. 4 as the first fully integrated hospital in the South. From the start, patients were treated in the same room and could dine together, and employees were hired to roles according to their education, regardless of race or ethnicity. To this day, and because of supporters like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything, because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

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“Blessed is the man who knows why he was born.”
-Danny Thomas


Love of family is the hallmark and heritage of Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas, the children of Danny and Rose Marie. The love and respect the siblings bear for their parents can be seen in the way they have carried on the family traditions of show business and humanitarian work. With the death of Danny Thomas in 1991, Marlo and her siblings, Terre and Tony, who had always supported their father’s efforts, took on the mission with a renewed passion. In 2004, Marlo, Terre and Tony conceived of and helped launch the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign – the most visible, national program of St. Jude that has become a holiday tradition, mobilizing national celebrities and corporate brands behind the mission of St. Jude. The Thomas family has and is continuing Danny’s work for four generations so far with programs like Yoga Gives and Music Gives, which were developed by Danny’s grandchildren.

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