A statue of the patron saint of lost causes, St. Jude Thaddeus, watches over the campus at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in downtown Memphis. More than 50 years after founder Danny Thomas and a determined group of donors were inspired to open a center for research and treatment of catastrophic disease, children and families are still finding hope here.
St. Jude research is credited for helping dramatically improve survival rates for some childhood cancers. Many patients receive outpatient treatment, or they have a hospital bed to stay in, when needed.
Little red wagons are a fun way for parents to help little ones get around on campus. The calm, cheerful atmosphere is filled with a sense of dignity and caring. Bright colors decorate the lounge areas and local artists fill the hallways with murals. A resource library invites both parents and kids to learn all they can. Volunteers step in to help with countless little things that help the hospital run more smoothly.
Amazingly, St. Jude patients and their families never receive a bill for their care, lodging or meals.