A Look Back at Your Impact

St. Jude patient Miguel wearing glasses in a hospital room
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Your Support Since 2014


Reported as of February 2020

Partners Like You Make the Power of Partnership

Thanks to the dedication of rising partners like Southwest Airlines, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® continues to make progress in our lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.® Your support means that St. Jude can lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Because of your compassion, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live


A Year of Impact

With no shortage of campaigns and involvement,Southwest Airlines (SWA) is genuinely committed to the kids of St. Jude. To start, ten SWA pilots from their Adopt-A-Pilot program hosted a fantastic event in the St. Jude Pavilion, where St. Jude patients and families participated in airline themed activities such as making paper planes and testing their flying capabilities landing the plane. Southwest pilots requested to return to St. Jude and host another patient event on campus. The patients and families were thrilled to learn fun things about being a pilot. Father of St. Jude patient, Chandler and SWA pilot, Carry Howard, spoke to the pilots and shared Chandler's St. Jude journey. The SWA pilot family had embraced the Howards from day one of Chandler's St. Jude journey.

Next, you donated 1400 airline passes for patient and family travel in 2019 and 1460 airline passes for the calendar year 2020. This is a significant gift offsetting hospital air travel expenses. The cost of one pass is valued at $200. The annual value of the SWA donated airline passes is over $290,000.

Finally, you were the presenting sponsor of the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade 2020 and chose St. Jude as the national charity! This parade is ranked as one of the top ten parades in the country, giving unprecedented awareness to our lifesaving mission.


Thankful for All You Do for St. Jude Kids

Because of your powerful partnership, St. Jude can save kids, regardless of their financial situation. And while St. Jude may not be located in your community, our research and discoveries are. We freely share the discoveries we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Thank you, Southwest Airlines,  for your gifts of giving and compassion, and for being a   beacon of hope for St. Jude children and families.


“All of the doctors in Chile agreed that St. Jude was the best place for Lucas. The work being done at St. Jude is years ahead of anything being done in Chile.”

—Carlos, Lucas' dad