The story of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital goes back over 60 years when entertainer Danny Thomas found himself nearly broke with a baby on the way. He gave his last $7 to a Detroit church with a prayer and a pledge. That promise led to countless children living healthy lives.

Thomas was inspired by the sermon he heard in the Detroit church that day. This is when he put the last money he had to his name (money that was supposed to pay for his wife and child's hospital bills) in the collection box and prayed to the patron saint of hopeless causes -  St. Jude.

"Show me my way in life, and I will build you a shrine."

The next day Thomas was offered a small role that paid 10 times the amount he had placed in that collection box. From that day on, Thomas did everything he could to make sure no child would have to die in the dawn of life.

Thomas envisioned a hospital that would treat children regardless of race, color, creed, or their family's ability to pay. A facility where research would shine light into the darkness. Thomas’ vision became a reality when St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened on February 4, 1962. Since then, St. Jude has become one of the world's premier pediatric research institutions.

Today the mission is the same. No family ever sees a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food. All a parent should have to worry about is helping their child live. That mission has been incredibly successful. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since opening 50 years ago.

Become a Partner in Hope by calling 800-995-5257 or donating online at St Jude.

Thank You Gifts

To thank you for supporting St Jude Children's Research Hospital during our Country Cares radiothon with Drain Masters and becoming a Partner in Hope, you'll have the honor of joining the country community with a 'Love Music Stop Cancer' t-shirt and your choice of tickets to see either the Harlem Globetrotters March 2 or Utica Comets on Big Frog night February 25, both at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Meet the Patients of St Jude Your Donation Helps Save

Meet the patients of St Jude Children's Research Hospital that your monthly Partner in Hope donations helps save.

Country Stars Put on St. Jude's 'Love Music, Stop Cancer' Tees

Kane Brown, Gabby Barrett, Carrie Underwood and more stars show off their 'Love Music, Stop Cancer' shirts to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.