About the Causes

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and opened on February 4, 1962. St. Jude is supported primarily by donations raised by its national fundraising and awareness organization.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

About 7,800 active patients are seen at St. Jude yearly, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis as part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.

Patients at St. Jude are referred by a physician, and nearly all have a disease currently under study and are eligible for a clinical trial.

One of the most significant events to occur at St. Jude happened in 1996 when Peter Doherty, PhD, of the Department of Immunology was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He shares the award with Rolf M. Zinkernagel, MD, of the University of Zurich. Their findings have led to breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of viral infections and cancers, and in the development of organ transplant procedures and vaccines. It is the highest award a scientist can win.

Raven Magwood Foundation

The Raven Magwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that seeks to empower youth by providing them with unique opportunities that they would otherwise not have. Through these opportunities, The Raven Magwood Foundation encourages young people to become the best versions of themselves and make a positive impact in society.

Since 2008, the foundation has helped over 30,000 students gain access to influential professionals and athletes around the world. This approach has allowed students to receive one-on-one mentoring, as well as valuable life skills to pursue their academic and career goals.

The STUDENT ATHLETE SUMMIT is the foundation’s biggest event of the year. The mission of this event is to empower student athletes to reach their full potential in school, in sports, and in life. For more information about the Student Athlete Summit, please visit www.studentathletesummit.com.

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