St. Jude Dedicates New Research Center

Posted on January 29, 2015

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By: Prentiss Smith

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Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis in 1962 and during the past five decades, St. Jude has become the world’s leading pediatric research institution. It is an amazing establishment that is completely nonprofit and serves as a corporation that has changed millions of lives thanks to the help of generous and ongoing donations.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has grown tremendously through the years. The Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration was recently dedicated and opened on St. Jude’s campus last November. The research center is named for Marlo Thomas who is the St. Jude National Outreach Director. She has spent a lifetime dedicated to raising awareness for the research and treatment of childhood cancer. This center will aid in the new era of research, education, collaboration, care, and treatment for children with cancer. The 38,000-square-feet building sits atop the world’s first proton therapy center for children. This center will serve as the hub for the St. Jude International Outreach Program, which aims to improve childhood cancer survival rates worldwide through 25 official partner sites in 17 countries. The center will also be where postdoctoral and graduate fellows receive the proper training and education in order to become the world’s next medical leaders. Other unique features in this new establishment include a medical library, two auditoriums, and meeting rooms where doctors and researchers can collaborate and share information with healthcare professionals around the world. Marlo Thomas states that this building is the celebration of a generation and that she is proud and honored to be the symbol for all that St. Jude has done.

St. Jude has had an amazing impact worldwide and has transformed the city of Memphis, Tennessee. Every year Memphis hosts the St. Jude Marathon Weekend when people participate to run races in which all the donations go to the St. Jude Research Hospital. Races include a Family Fun Run, a Kids Marathon, a 5K, a Half-Marathon, and a Marathon. Memphis blocks off many main streets all over the city in order for people to run or come out and support. This year over 20,000 people ran and over five million dollars were raised in order to support the children and families of St. Jude. This event, along with many others in Memphis, is the reason that St. Jude is up and running. The new Marlo Thomas research center would not have been possible without the support of the city of Memphis and the amazing donations from kind donors.

“One of the main goals of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has always been to share discoveries with the global research community in order to speed the progress against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases,” says James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude President and Chief Executive Officer. The Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration is the concrete representation of that very philosophy. Downing also states, “It offers researchers at St. Jude and around the world an innovative space to learn, to share, and to develop the next big advances in science and medicine.” This center is just one example of the many ways that St. Jude is creating advances in cancer research and aiding thousands in their fight against disease every day.

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