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St. Jude founder Danny Thomas

More than a half-century ago, Danny Thomas made a vow to help others in need. He made good on that promise by founding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Entertainer Danny Thomas envisioned a hospital like no other, one that would not only treat desperately ill children but also research why they became ill. “Someday, God willing, we are going to beat all the odds,” said Danny, “and make childhood cancer a thing of the past.”

  1. Since St. Jude opened 57 years ago, we’ve been able to help countless children in their fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

    Today, around 8,500 children walk through our doors each year in search of hope and healing, and because of Danny and his dream of a day when no child will die in the dawn of life, St. Jude is a place where hope lives.

    We have made so much progress in the time since Danny opened St. Jude all those years ago, and we have friends like you to thank for that.

Paul Williams was an accomplished architect and close friend of Danny Thomas

Paul Williams was an accomplished African American architect and close friend of Danny Thomas. He donated the plans for St. Jude to support the lifesaving mission.

Black History Month is an important time for our country and for St. Jude in particular. Many people played a part in the opening of St. Jude all those years ago, and African American architect Paul Williams is one such individual, who literally built the hospital from the ground up.

  1. It was Williams who created the hospital’s original design of five wings originating from a center core — a design Danny likened to the star of St. Jude Thaddeus.

    Once William’s design was constructed and the hospital opened, St. Jude was the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South, a momentous accomplishment in the midst of the Civil Rights era.

    It was important to Danny that St. Jude be a hospital for all children battling childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Then and now, St. Jude treats children battling childhood cancer regardless of their race, religion or financial situation.


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