Minnesota has long supported health care initiatives and breakthroughs, and one of our longest partners in care has been St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude was founded in 1964 by Danny Thomas in Memphis, TN. The hospital’s focus is providing free care to children with cancer and other complex conditions. St. Jude has completed breakthrough studies on acute lymphoblastic leukemia and SCID-XL (“bubble boy disease”), among other notable accomplishments in its 40-year history. Danny Thomas also founded American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), as the fundraising and awareness arm of St. Jude
Minnesota has a fundraising office for St. Jude/ALSAC, located at 5353 Wayzata Blvd, where you can send donations. Minnesota also hosts yearly fundraisers, most notably Red Carpet for Hope and the K102 Fan Jam
Country radio station K102 has hosted the St. Jude Fan Jam since 2016, bringing up-and-coming country artists to perform and raise money. In 2018, the event was able to raise $10,000 for St. Jude
Another popular local event is the Red Carpet for Hope, which originated in 2013. The gala includes events for teens and testimonials from patients.
St. Jude has made incredible breakthroughs in treatment, and Minnesota is proud to support their efforts!
*Cover image: “St. Jude Logo LEGO Build Time-lapse” by BrickinNick, from Creative Commons