History St Jude
Over 70 years ago a young Danny Thomas was struggling to achieve success. He promised that if he became famous, he would build a hospital. It’s a good thing he stuck to his promise after having success.
When Danny Thomas was in a difficult phase of his life, he looked for guidance in St Jude Thaddeus through prayer. Praying, “Show me my way in life, and I will build you a shrine”. This prayer was followed by more opportunity for Danny. Opportunities in radio, T.V., and film. He stayed loyal to his oath and opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962.
Achievements at St Jude
In 2019 St Jude cured a disease known as “bubble boy disease”. Technically termed SCID-X1.
In 2018 St Jude paired up with the World Health Organization in an effort to cure at least 60% of children of cancer by 2030. They are working on the 6 most common kinds of cancer.
In 2010 St Jude launched the Paediatric Center Genome Project. This project’s aim is to reveal why childhood cancer occurs, why it spreads, and why it resists treatment. This effort focuses on those concerns that are so far least understood and most resistant.
In 2007 St Jude kicked off the St Jude LIFE study. This study is an ambitious, long term look at the effect of cancer and the effect of treatments.
In 2006 St Jude reported a survival rate of 94% for patients with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). This high rate was achieved without the use of radiation in treatment.
In 1996 the chair of Immunology, Peter Doherty, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
In 1984 St Jude opened the After Completion of Therapy Clinic for long-term follow-up of paediatric cancer patients. This clinic was the largest of its kind in the world at the time.
In 1966 for the first time worldwide, ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) patients are taken off therapy. Showing for the first time that remission can be sustained.
If you wish to contribute to St Jude, go to stjude.com/donate. You also will often encounter this cause in many retail outlets at checkout. This form of giving was started by St Jude itself and is called the Thanks & Giving campaign. The campaign is also supported on TV, magazines and newspapers, online marketing, and 20,000 movie screens across the United States. Organizations involved in supporting this Thanks and Giving campaign are Target, Best Buy, Domino’s Pizza, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. CVS/pharmacy, Kmart, Kay Jewelers, New York & Company, 7-Eleven, Inc., American Airlines, American Kiosk Management, AutoZone, Brooks Brothers, Busch Gardens, Catherines, Diane von Fürstenberg, Dollar General, DXL Group, Easy Spirit, General Nutrition Centers, Gymboree, HSN, J. P. Morgan Chase, Marshall’s, Alor, The Melting Pot, Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Nine West, Rochester, Sag Harbor, Saks Fifth Avenue, SeaWorld, St. Louis Rams (NFL), Westfield Shoppingtowns, and Yahoo!.