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St. Jude patient Za'Mya wears a colorful St. Jude T-shirt.

St. Jude patient Za'Mya


St. Jude and our legacy of equity

Equity, inclusion and innovation are at the heart of the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.©  Everywhere.

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'No child should die in the dawn of life.'

That was the dream of Danny Thomas when he founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and it remains his legacy.

When it opened in Memphis, Tenn., in  1962, St. Jude became the first fully integrated children's hospital in the South. 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.

To this day, families have never received a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.


Our legacy of saving lives

Today, St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases — like sickle cell. 

When St. Jude opened in 1962, the world considered sickle cell disease to be like childhood cancer — a lost cause. Today, St. Jude has one of the largest sickle cell programs in the country, playing a vital role in the research and treatment of this life-threatening disease. Read more about the breakthroughs with sickle cell disease at St. Jude.


Background art by St. Jude patient Kaleb


Our legacy of advancing cures

Dr. Rudolph Jackson, one of the first Black doctors at St. Jude, was a groundbreaking figure in the treatment of sickle cell, childhood cancer, solid tumors and other life-threatening diseases.

While he was at St. Jude, Dr. Jackson built the sickle cell program to such a stature that in the early 1970s, the National Institute of Health hired him to head the federal government’s efforts to fight the disease.

Dr. Jackson and his work were posthumously commemorated on the St. Jude campus in Memphis in 2022 with the dedication of the Hematological Research and Clinical Lab.


Our legacy of hope

You provide hope to our patients and their families. Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. When you support St. Jude, you can help make cures possible for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Together, we can save more lives.


Our legacy of community

Our community of supporters is an integral part of our mission. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from generous individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids worldwide regardless of their financial situation. Every dollar makes a difference.


St. Jude around the world

When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was largely considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won’t stop until no child — anywhere — dies from cancer.

St. Jude patient Kamryn and his mom standing up and flexing muscles while smiling.

St. Jude patient Kamryn and his mom


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Your support helps ensure a future of scientific discovery and health care equity.

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Explore other ways to help the kids of St. Jude

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Give with your church

Unite as a church family and help cure childhood diseases — like cancer and sickle cell.

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Form a giving circle

Increase your charitable impact when you form a community to combine donations with others.

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Create a fundraiser

Explore the many ways you can create your own fundraiser to help the kids of St. Jude.

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