Miracles come in all shapes and sizes, and they come from every corner of the globe. But, with that being said, the world record holder for making miracles just might be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the hospital first opened its doors in 1962, it’s saved the lives of countless children suffering from catastrophic illnesses at no cost to their families and conducted research that will save the lives of countless more.
Before the hospital opened, its founder, Danny Thomas, was a comedian who was down on his luck. Thomas, desperate for an opportunity in his career, prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus–the patron saint of lost causes–for a big break and promised “Show me my way in life and I will build you a shrine.” Sure enough, a week later, Thomas found a lucrative gig that helped propel him to fame; seeing his good fortune as a sign that St. Jude had blessed him, Thomas followed up on his end of the bargain and founded the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), the organization that would become St. Jude’s fundraising and awareness agency, in 1957. Five years later, before a crowd of 9,000 people, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors.
Today, St. Jude is a world leader in pediatric care and medical research. In fact, the hospital has revolutionized how doctors treat children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. When the hospital opened in 1962, acute lymphoblastic lymphoma–the most common form of childhood cancer–had a 4% survival rate; the survival rate for the disease is now 94%, thanks in large part to research and hard work on the part of St. Jude’s, and the overall childhood cancer survival rate skyrocketed from 20% to 80% during the same period for the same reason. That’s why doctors from around the world call on St. Jude’s for help with their toughest cases.
St. Jude is also one of the only hospitals in the country where all accepted patients receive treatment regardless of their ability to pay and where families are never asked to pay if they can’t afford to do so. This selfless spirit is proof that St. Jude’s is truly committed to the belief that no child should die in the dawn of life.
The success of St. Jude illustrates the power of paying it forward. Danny Thomas was blessed, and he paid his good fortune forward by opening a hospital that would save the lives of children from around the world. At Windows USA, we’ve been blessed with our successful company, so we want to pay it forward as well. That’s why contributing to St. Jude is so important to us, and in fact, last year we surpassed $2 million in lifetime contributions to the hospital. Success, after all, only means something if it makes a difference in people’s lives.
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