One of the most remarkable lives of 20th Century America began on Jan. 6, 1912 — the birthdate of Danny Thomas. He achieved fame as a TV star, but his greatest role was as the self-proclaimed “proud beggar” who raised the funds to build St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, on the belief that no child should die in the dawn of life.
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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.
Sure cure for the blues: How St. Jude founder Danny Thomas put the street back into Beale Street
‘Bring Back Our Beale Street’ swayed city fathers and raised funds for his beloved cause, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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.