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A symbol of hope
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has continuously evolved in the last 55 years. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
“No child should die in the dawn of life.”
Before St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was even a thought, Danny Thomas was a young entertainer, hopeful to break into show business. He was struggling with finances, and he was afraid that he and his wife, who was expecting their first child, would not have any way to pay for the hospital bills. He prayed to the patron saint of hopeless causes, St. Jude Thaddeus.
Soon after, he became one of the biggest stars of radio, film and television. He upheld his promise to St. Jude Thaddeus and opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in February of 1962.
Through your continued generosity, St. Jude is able to fulfill the dream of our founder, Danny Thomas, that “No child should die in the dawn of life.”