St. Jude On February 4, 1962, Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, forever changing the way the world would treat pediatric cancer.
It was the culmination of more than 10 years of work by Danny and his friends and supporters. As a struggling entertainer, Danny had prayed to Saint Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, asking him to “show me my way in life.” Danny had vowed to build a shrine in honor of the saint if his prayer was answered.
With his prayer answered and his vow fulfilled, Danny challenged the medical staff of the newly opened hospital to make his dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life” a reality. He tasked them with finding the cures for these life-threatening diseases and asked the American public to support the hospital so no family would ever pay for their child’s care.
(Source: Memories of a Life Time in Memphis, TN Facebook page)
If you would like to donate to St. Jude from the Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville which will be added to our August donation, please contact President Caroline Pratt