I wanted to take the time to write about a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (“St. Jude’s”) is a global medical facility focused solely on the research and treatment for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude’s is dedicated to finding cures and saving children’s lives. St. Jude’s was founded in 1960 by Danny Thomas, a comedian and television actor. Aside from St. Jude’s, Danny Thomas is probably best known for his television series Make Room For Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show which enjoyed a 13 year run from 1953-1965. I used to watch the reruns of this show as a child and while I enjoyed the show, my first association when I think of Danny Thomas is not his television series, but St. Jude’s.
Danny Thomas was a Catholic of Lebanese descent passionate about his religion. As a struggling actor Danny Thomas made a vow that if he found success he would open a shrine dedicated to St. Jude Thaddeus (“St. Jude”). St. Jude was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and is generally known as the Patron Saint for those that are Hopeless and Despaired. St. Jude is also known as the Patron Saint of the Impossible.
I cannot think of a more fitting shrine to St. Jude than a children’s hospital dedicated to researching and curing diseases that many consider to be incurable. Many of the children that are accepted to St. Jude’s are considered to be beyond help and their last hope is that St. Jude’s might be able to help them. Remember that these children are at the beginning of their lives and are facing more adversity at a young age than most people will face cumulative during the course of their entire lives.
St. Jude’s provides hope to those that would otherwise be forced to give up and acquiesce to the tragic inevitability of their condition. Children that are accepted into St. Jude’s do not pay for their services. If they do not have insurance, St. Jude’s will cover the costs associated with the child’s care and treatment. If the child does have insurance St. Jude’s will work with the insurance carrier but the child’s family will not be charged for any costs not covered by the insurance carrier.
St. Jude’s is an incredible institution that provides hope to children and their families. St. Jude’s needs donations to continue their work and I strongly encourage everyone to donate money to this incredible cause. I strongly encourage everyone to consider St. Jude’s when considering charitable donations.
Danny Thomas kept his promise to St. Jude and, in doing so, established a legacy that continues to fight childhood diseases. None of us should forget Danny Thomas or what his legacy stand for. For more information on St. Jude’s and their mission please visit their website at www.stjude.org.