Memphis is home to the premier healthcare facility for children in the world. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a completely free facility for children from around the world. Founded by Danny Thomas, the mission of this spectacular facility is now championed by his daughter Marlo Thomas and thousands of former patients, families, doctors, researchers, corporate sponsors, and private citizens. No child is ever turned away because of inability to pay. St. Jude covers everything from travel, lodging, and food expenses for children needing medical treatment.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is also leading the way in groundbreaking medical research. As an active leader in many research protocols this facility is helping to facilitate the effective treatment and eventual eradication of catastrophic childhood diseases. St. Jude was recently designated as Comprehensive Cancer Institute by the National Cancer Institute. This makes St. Jude the only facility devoted to resolving pediatric cancer. Cancer survival rates have increased from 4% in the 1950’s to nearly 80% for certain types of cancer. This remarkable reversal of a certain killer is a testament to the continued efforts of this organization and the generosity of the public to not only believe in the work, but fund it as well. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shines it light of hope from atop the high bluffs on the banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis for all the world’s children to see.
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