Hope Finds A Home

February 5, 1962

This is the greatest day of my life. If I should die in this minute, I would know why I was born.

— Entertainer and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital founder Danny Thomas to an estimated 9,000 at the formal opening of the hospital.

A jubilant Danny Thomas hoists Bruce Frager up toward the statue of St. Jude Thaddeus in front of St. Jude Research Hospital at Jackson and Lauderdale at the formal opening of the hospital Feb. 4, 1962. "This is the greatest day of my life," the television performer observed. "If I should die this minute, I would know why I was born." Some 9,000 people turned out for the opening. (Fred Griffith/The Commercial Appeal)

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