On February 4, 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was opened in Memphis, Tennessee and since its opening, St. Jude Children Children’s Research Hospital has grown to become one of the most renown pediatric research institutions. You probably know that St. Jude cares for kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, but here are five other incredible truths about St. Jude that you might not have known.

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    St. Jude Was Founded by a Comedian

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis was founded by the late comedian Danny Thomas. Danny was facing a time of struggle in his career and the story goes, he made a promise that if he was ever able to get out of his slump and make it big, he would honor St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. Times turned around for Danny and so was born St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, that's right, Danny stuck to his word. There’s a bust of Danny in the research center at St. Jude and rumor says if you rub his nose you’ll have good luck.

    Traci Taylor
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    St. Jude Treats Kids from Around the Globe

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital isn't just in the business of saving the lives here in the United States. They actually treat kids from around the world, often taking on cases that other medical professionals have deemed "helpless." Nearly 7,500 kids are treated at St. Jude each year.

    Traci Taylor
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    St. Jude Voted Best Pediatric Cancer Hospital

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is renown worldwide as being a place where groundbreaking medical research is conducted and where unprecedented care is given to patients and in the  Annual “Best Hospitals” list published in the summers of 2017 and 2018 by U.S. News & World Report, St. Jude was ranked the number one pediatric cancer hospital in the nation.

    Traci Taylor
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    St. Jude Patients and Families Are NEVER Billed

    As unbelievable as it may seem, those under the care of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are never, ever billed for medical treatments, lodging, travel, or meals. At St. Jude, they believe that kids and their families should focus on getting well and shouldn't be burdened with anything else. St. Jude kids and their families absolutely never have to open their wallets for anything, thanks to the generosity of donors.

    Traci Taylor
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    St. Jude Has a Nobel Prize Winning Doctor on Staff

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital isn't in the business of researching and developing groundbreaking medical treatments and then hoarding those discoveries or making a profit off of them. Quite the opposite, actually, St. Jude freely shares their findings with the medical community so that others might have a fighting chance at survival. In 1996, Peter Doherty, PhD, of the Department of Immunology was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. This award was shared with Rolf M. Zinkernagel, MD, of the University of Zurich and their findings have led to incredible "breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of viral infections and cancers, and in the development of organ transplant procedures and vaccines."