St. Jude Children's Research Hospital & Kay. Together, we can help save children's lives.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened its doors in 1962 with the mission that "no child should die in the dawn of life." Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude specializes in helping children from all over the world overcome cancer and other catastrophic diseases. In 1999, we were looking for a way to give back to the communities in which we operate across the country. Inspired by the courage of the kids of St. Jude, we embarked on our partnership in caring with St. Jude.
This year, we presented St. Jude with a check for $4.3 million, our largest donation ever. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our team members, we have raised more than $26 million in just 12 years. Our most recently completed commitment is the Kay Kafe, a $16 million expansion and renovation of the cafeteria, and our largest commitment to date. The Kay Kafe opened in June 2008.
Kay Jewelers, a long-standing supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has committed to providing $20 million as lead sponsor of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project.
Located in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude is one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. St. Jude has treated children from across the country and around the world. Today, approximately 5,700 patients actively receive treatment from St. Jude.
With the continued support of customers and the commitment of our team members, we look forward to helping St. Jude make the world a better place for children