Architect of hope
Paul Williams, a renowned architect and friend of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, donated the design of the original hospital when it was constructed in 1962.
Javon's culinary arts series
As a child, Javon underwent treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) three times. Each time, St. Jude was by his side. Now a college graduate, he's embarked on a career of helping to plan events for St. Jude and enjoys cooking his favorite meals as a pastime.
From budding basketball star to rapper
St. Jude survivor Nick was a standout basketball player when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. His mother encouraged to him to write about his experience, which soon turned into lyrics for rap songs.
From diagnosis to design
Kris Keys was treated at St. Jude for a genetic blood disorder when she was a child. Today she's a modern fashion designer who connects her experience to art.
St. Jude was founded on the principles of equity and inclusion. When it opened in Memphis, Tenn., in 1962, St. Jude was the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the Southern United States. During a time of widespread segregation, St. Jude hired Black doctors, researchers and nurses, while providing care services to children, regardless of race.
St. Jude was also involved in the integration of Memphis hotels during the Civil Rights Movement, calling for Black patients and their families to be allowed to stay in the same facilities as white patients and families. The St. Jude medical director during that time, Dr. Donald Pinkel, held firm to the institution’s demands until the hotels eventually agreed.
Learn more about our legacy
How are Black history and culture celebrated at St. Jude all year long?
For more than 60 years, St. Jude has cared for some of the world’s sickest children regardless of their race, ethnicity, beliefs or ability to pay. Our patients receive the customized care they need to treat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, no matter what barriers they may face.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses — like sickle cell.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.
When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.