Like Father, Like Son. Emmanuel Spence Carries the Family Legacy at St. Jude With Pride

Emmanuel Spence Is Keeping the Family Legacy Alive

From music legends like W.C. Handy and Isaac Hayes to artistic icons Ernest Withers and George Hunt, Memphis is the home of greatness. It’s also the home of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Envisioned by entertainer and philanthropist Danny Thomas in the 1950s, St. Jude opened in 1962.

Since the beginning, the mission of St. Jude has been to advance cures and means of prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases through research and treatment. True to its founding principles, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay at St. Jude. When it opened its doors, St. Jude was the first fully integrated children's hospital in the South at a time when segregation was common. Patients of all races and ethnicities were treated in the same rooms and dined together, and bathroom facilities were integrated. A revolutionary way of care during the Civil Rights era, St. Jude was a pioneer in racial equality and continues to be a leader in diversity and equity


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