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St. Jude on the TODAY Show

This holiday season, hear and share the amazing stories from Marlo Thomas and St. Jude patients on NBC's TODAY Show.

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November 20-24, 2023

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Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Tune in to the TODAY Show on NBC each day from November 20 to 24 to catch a new segment featuring St. Jude patients and their stories of triumph — stories that are possible because of people like you

These inspiring tales of courage and strength kick off the 20th anniversary of St. Jude Thanks and Giving 2023. Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas — children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas — the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has grown into an annual holiday tradition, thanks to tremendous public support.

Check out the segments for this year's TODAY Show below, and remember to share the stories with friends and family!

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Monday, Nov. 20


St. Jude and the TODAY Show celebrate 20 years of Thanks and Giving

Join a 20th year celebration at St. Jude, featuring a performance by Grammy Award-winning Country music artist Carly Pearce and St. Jude cancer survivor Nick, whose story was told on TODAY in 2016.

The segment will feature an interview with James R. Downing, MD, president and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, on the past 20 years of progress, updates on patients previously featured on TODAY, and a brief tour of St. Jude with cancer survivor Briana (who was featured in 2005) with recent patient Kenadie and current patient Alana.


Tuesday, Nov. 21


A community rallies around patient Madelyn

Meet Madelyn, a 7-year-old girl battling a very rare kidney cancer, who has received an outpouring of support from her hometown and the women’s softball community, including a special game played in her honor at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette.


Wednesday, Nov. 22


Imani and Everly's special bond

Imani, who is from New York, and Everly, who is from Texas, came to St. Jude as infants with aggressive brain tumors. During that time, their families formed a special bond and now, the two girls are 4 years old, doing well and are the best of friends. Watch as they enjoy a surprise reunion and a special day out on the town.


Thursday, Nov. 23


A St. Jude survivor becomes a St. Jude doctor

St. Jude Ewing sarcoma survivor and current fellow Dr. Maggie Cupit-Link will be featured alongside her patient Ayaan. NBC senior correspondent Harry Smith joined Maggie and Ayaan in the newest patient housing facility at St. Jude, The Domino’s Village, and joined Maggie on a tour of some of the places she visited while receiving treatment.


Friday, Nov. 24


Marlo Thomas and St. Jude patients live on the Plaza

St. Jude patients will join Marlo Thomas, St. Jude National Outreach Director and daughter of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, live on Rockefeller Plaza for a segment celebrating 20 years of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign and the generous corporate partners who support the lifesaving mission.


Every St. Jude patient deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. Your support helps St. Jude give kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases a chance.

This holiday season, give a gift that could last a lifetime.

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St. Jude patient Luna laughs as she is hugged from behind by her father.

St. Jude patient Luna and her dad

white stars artwork by St. Jude patient Ty

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