St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by entertainer and humanitarian Danny Thomas, was one man's promise that’s become an unprecedented beacon of hope and healing for the world. The single, star-shaped building that opened on Feb. 4, 1962, has given way to a 66-acre campus where research and treatments have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened to more than 80 percent today. In this series, we share the stories of those who helped make St. Jude a reality, right from the start, and those who helped it become what it is today.
St. Jude A to Z
H is for Hope: Take an A-to-Z look at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and how it came to be.
Jack Vosse: Leaving a Legacy for St. Jude
A long-time St. Jude donor, Jack Vosse sheepishly admits he crashed the opening of the hospital in 1962. In the years since, he's learned supporting St. Jude requires no special invitation.
Making History at St. Jude: Dr. Rudolph Jackson
When St. Jude opened in 1962, Danny Thomas vowed the hospital would treat patients regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. In 1968, Dr. Rudolph Jackson became one of the first black doctors at St. Jude.
Paul Williams: Architect to Stars and St. Jude
Paul Williams, an African-American architect who made his name designing homes for stars like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, donated his services to help his friend Danny Thomas build St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.