Reason to Love Memphis #52: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 1st 2012 314 15

Happy birthday, St. Jude!

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The pediatric research hospital is turning 50 years old this month.

If you're from Memphis, you already know the story: St. Jude was founded in 1960 by actor Danny Thomas to provide a place where children with catastrophic illnesses could receive treatment, regardless of their ability to afford it.

Now, St. Jude treats roughly 6,700 patients from all over the world every year for cancer, flus, AIDS, sickle cell and other serious illnesses. The hospital's award-winning research staff provides the information that they gather to doctors around the world free of charge.

What I love the most about St. Jude is how kid-centric it is. The staff is commited to trying to make life as normal as possible for the patients. They attend school (and have graduation and prom), celebrate holidays (especially Halloween, when patients trick-or-treat the hospital) and participate in volunteer-led activities. The hallways are bright and the building is full of artwork by current and former patients.

In the past 50 years, St. Jude has had more accomplishments and contributions to medicine (and Memphis) than I could reasonably list. What's clear, though, is that the hospital's main export is miracles.

If you'd like to get involved with St. Jude, you can volunteer your time or make a financial contribution to the hospital.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Lesley Forster says:

    Love your website.  I visited the US last September and loved Memphis.  We even went inside St Jude's and there's a lovely 'memorial' I think nearby – loved that too.   There is so much more to Memphis than we had ever realised …. !
    We live in Sydney Australia, loved your country and wish you well in your endeavours.

  2. world clock says:

    Reason to Love Memphis #52: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – just great!

  3. worldclock says:

    Reason to Love Memphis #52: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – just great!

  4. To understand the St. Jude hospital is to understand the life given for it, mine. The lost child of Danny Thomas.  This can be seen at

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