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Hope for all kids

Because the majority of our funding comes from our supporters, St. Jude can focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of race, religion or financial situation.

St. Jude patient Elani with her family

St. Jude patient Elani, pictured with her family in 2018

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When he was a struggling entertainer, Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes: "Help me find my way in life, and I will build you a shrine." When Danny became successful, he made good on his promise and founded St. Jude.


Entertainer Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which opened in 1962, as a unique research hospital devoted to curing catastrophic diseases in children. More than just a treatment facility, this would be a research center dedicated to saving all kids.


He vowed to make St. Jude an inclusive place for children with life-threatening diseases, as well as their families — a place of hope for all.

And no matter what, families have never received a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—so they can focus on helping their child live.

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St. Jude patient Jordyn (third from left) with her family in 2019

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St. Jude patient Elani with her mom in 2018


When we arrived at St. Jude, it was like our world opened up.

Darnita, sickle cell patient Elani's mom


The first research grant that St. Jude ever received, in 1958, before the hospital was even built, was for the study of sickle cell diseaseSt. Jude subsequently launched the first comprehensive study of sickle cell disease and its impact on the African-American population.


In more ways than one, St. Jude was a pioneer

Equity is at the heart of our lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

St. Jude patients and siblings Javon and Jakayla with their mom

Without St. Jude, my children wouldn't be here.

Lisa, Javon and Jakayla's mom


Lisa and her children were all treated at St. Jude for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer. St. Jude has increased the survival rates for  ALL from 4% before opening in 1962 to 94% today.

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Since it opened in 1962, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.


Even today, our lifesaving mission continues

Our stories continue to reflect our founder's vision that St. Jude be a place of hope and inspiration.


What sets St. Jude apart as a charity?

The majority of funds needed to operate and sustain St. Jude must be raised from our generous supporters.


St. Jude has the highest rating on Charity Navigator.
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When you make a gift, 82 cents of every dollar supports the treatment, research and future needs of St. Jude.
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