Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. When Thomas’ entertainment career began to flourish, he contemplated the pledge he had made to St. Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of the hopeless. He would build a haven for the helpless. A facility where research would shine light into the darkness.A place of compassion that would treat children regardless of race, color, creed or their family’s ability to pay. Thomas’ vision became a reality when St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened February 4, 1962. During the past five decades, St. Jude has become the world’s premier pediatric research institution. Danny Thomas said it best: “No child should die in the dawn of life.” During the next 50 years, St. Jude will continue that quest, further improving survival rates for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. We will not stop until we reach 100%.