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Cover for the Kids


The kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital need you to wear your mask.


There are thousands of essential workers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, including our clinicians, scientists, food service workers, cleaning staff and other vital support employees. We need your help to keep them safe, so they can care for our patients and protect them from harm. 

Our request is simple: Please wear a mask whenever you are in public. In doing so, you can help save children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases. 

During the past months, St. Jude has created one of the safest harbors against COVID-19 in the nation. Protective measures include a first-of-its-kind COVID-19 screening program for employees, patients and families; campus zoning; reduced personnel and visitor access; and heightened infection-control procedures. We need your help to keep our campus safe. 


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A Small Act of Kindness

James R. Downing, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, wearing a mask in hallway.

James R. Downing, MD, St. Jude President and CEO

“During the pandemic, you play a role in protecting patients at St. Jude. Our doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, scientists and support staff – nearly 5,000 strong – live in your community. By wearing a mask, you help protect them from contracting the virus – and as a result, they can continue to do their lifesaving work. Our staff know all too well that cancer and other deadly illnesses don’t stop, even in the midst of a pandemic.”

Read the guest column from Dr. Downing in the Daily Memphian>

“This small act of kindness will have an immense impact on the lives of children at St. Jude and the many doctors, nurses, scientists and others who work each day to build the brighter future for them.”

Read the guest column from Dr. Downing in the Commercial Appeal>