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A season of thanksgiving: St. Jude employees share why they are thankful

Fall leaves on trees outside buildings.

Photo taken by Mamta Rai, PhD, of St. Jude Development Neurobiology.

This year has been challenging for everyone. Still, St. Jude employees have found ways to adapt and manage their personal and professional lives during the pandemic.

As Thanksgiving approaches, employees shared what they were each thankful for during this unprecedented year.


I am thankful that I have been able to continue to work for St. Jude during the pandemic. When you work for an institution that is all about hope, a place where miracles happen every day, it makes it easier to find hope (and be thankful) in other areas of life. The support, care and flexibility that leadership has demonstrated have been incredible.

Karyn Lawrence, Academic Programs


There are many things I am thankful for, but at St. Jude I am grateful for our nurses. Throughout the pandemic, they have gone above and beyond every day to safely deliver amazing care to every patient with endless enthusiasm and smiles on their faces.

Jamie Flerlage, MD, Oncology


I am thankful how the Pharmaceutical Services team is like my group "exercise" class. They focus on safety and efficiency by trying to do the job in the right way. I am thankful for how our team goes that extra mile to do what is right for patients. They lift each other up and encourage each other. They keep trying to think of how we can improve processes.

Cindy Brasher, PharmD, Pharmaceutical Services


I'm thankful and proud for how St. Jude has responded to the pandemic. While everything has been done out of necessity, I'm thankful that we are doing what we need to keep all us healthy while continuing our work. I'm thankful that I work for an institution that is blessed with the resources to respond in the way we have.

Terry Fletcher, Facilities Operations and Maintenance


I'm thankful that I work at a place with some of the brightest minds in the world when it comes to things like influenza and infectious diseases. I am using the information they share with us to help inform my decisions and inform others in my family about how to approach the pandemic.

John Stukenborg, Human Resources


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