In February 1962, when Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the first time, he was surrounded by children.
They had different racial and ethnic backgrounds. They came from different financial circumstances and practiced different religions. And absolutely none of that would matter if they needed to be treated at St. Jude.
This was Danny’s promise — that a child’s race or creed, or the amount of money their family had in a bank account, would not determine if that child could be treated at St. Jude. And once accepted as a patient, their family would never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.
This month we celebrate the anniversary of the opening of St. Jude — and a promise kept by each and every one of you who are so passionately committed to our mission.
Danny Thomas believed that no child should be turned away because of their race or creed or how much money their family had in their bank account