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Creating your legacy

When you leave St. Jude in your estate plans or give another legacy gift, your generosity earns you optional membership in a special community of supporters called the Danny Thomas — St. Jude Society, who have helped to ensure that our patients receive world-class care.

Are We Part of Your Legacy Plans? Let Us Know.

St. Jude patient Eli and his mom

St. Jude patient Eli and his mom


Your legacy is their future

The children of St. Jude are so grateful for your support, and when you designate a gift to St. Jude in your estate plans, if you wish, you'll become part of a unique group of supporters as a member of The Danny Thomas — St. Jude Society.

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Danny Thomas statue on the St. Jude campus in Memphis, Tennessee

Membership in the Danny Thomas —  St. Jude Society includes the following exclusive benefits:
  • your name inscribed on the St. Jude Legacy Wall
  • certificate of membership to the society
  • engagement with a personal St. Jude representative
  • annual member listing
  • exclusive mailings with St. Jude updates
  • invitations to virtual and in-person events in your area

Named for St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, this distinct group of donors has made the ultimate commitment to carry on Danny’s legacy to help save the lives of children around the world.


What is a legacy gift?


A legacy gift is a future gift that you plan for now that benefits a nonprofit or charity after your lifetime. When you plan a legacy gift for St. Jude, you make an impact for children around the world with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


Your gift will help give hope to our patients and their families

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The St. Jude Legacy Wall is located in the Danny Thomas Research Center on the St. Jude campus in Memphis, Tennessee.

The St. Jude Legacy Wall is another way of honoring you for making a commitment to St. Jude in your estate plans.

When you generously plan a legacy gift to St. Jude, your name will be part of our campus in Memphis, Tennessee, as a permanent tribute to your faithful support. To show our appreciation for your gift, we will inscribe your name on the St. Jude Legacy Wall located in the Danny Thomas Research Center. 

Our patients, their families and our staff will be inspired every day by your generosity.


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

In 1962, the year that St. Jude opened, Danny Thomas began building a legacy with the dream: "No child should die in the dawn of life." Since then, St. Jude has made a tremendous impact in the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases from all 50 states and around the world.

Legacy giving provides you a unique opportunity to further Danny Thomas' dream and shape the future of St. Jude for years to come.

Are We Part of Your Legacy? Let Us Know.

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What sets St. Jude apart as a charity?

We are grateful for our supporters,  who generously give the majority of funds needed to operate and sustain St. Jude.

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Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food so they can focus on helping their child live.

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When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was 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 dies from cancer.

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Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. When you support St. Jude, you help give kids with cancer around the world that chance. Together, we can save more lives.


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We're here to help

Please contact us to let us know you have made St. Jude part of your legacy so that we can honor your generosity and better plan for the future. Email us at, call  (800) 395-1087, or fill out the form below,  and a local St. Jude representative will get in touch with you shortly.

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