Happy Birthday St. Jude!

Happy Birthday St. Jude!

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital turns 50 this month!

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Memphis-located organization, turns 50 years old this month. This celebration comes on top of another. For the second year in a row, St. Jude was listed as one the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune magazine. What's the reason employees rank their employee so highly? Many, but the two most important reasons are the organizations mission in finding cures and saving children.

St. Jude opened its doors in 1962 to treat childhood cancer. Back then, not as many children with common forms of childhood cancer survived as they do today, due in good part to St. Jude's research and treatment efforts and advancement.

Today, St. Jude is recognized for playing a key role in improving the overall survival rates of children inflicted with cancer. In recognition of this significant impact, the Governor of Tennessee declared the entire month of February "St. Jude Month" in his state.

The organization was founded by actor and philanthropist, Danny Thomas. And his daughter, Marlo Thomas carries on his mission with zest, enthusiasm, and love today.

One of the many great things about St. Jude is the workers, who try to make life as normal as possible for children staying there to receive treatment.

As in the past and continues to this day, St. Jude takes on the toughest cases of pediatric cancer. Families and children are invited to seek the care of St. Jude regardless of their ability to pay.

Here's hoping that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has many more birthday -- as does the children it treats.