Each year, we commit two days to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During our 2020 St. Jude Radiothon, we raised $74,361 to help kids at St. Jude fight cancer. It costs $2.8 million a day to operate St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, yet patient families never receive a bill. Our donors and volunteers make this seemingly impossible math work, through their contributions and fundraising efforts.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by entertainer and humanitarian Danny Thomas, was one man’s promise that’s become an unprecedented beacon of hope and healing for the world. The single, star-shaped building that opened on Feb. 4, 1962, has given way to a 66-acre campus where research and treatments have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened to more than 80 percent today. In this series, we share the stories of those who helped make St. Jude a reality, right from the start, and those who helped it become what it is today.