Friday, February 17, 2012

Make Room for Danny

Legendary entertainer Danny Thomas, the founder of renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is being honored on a new USPS stamp. The stamp was officially dedicated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and available nationwide today.

Thomas was a star of radio, film and television. From 1953 through 1964, he received five Emmy nominations for his starring role in Make Room for Daddy, winning in 1953 and 1954 for Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series. The show also received an Emmy for Best New Situation Comedy in 1953 and Best Situation Comedy in 1954.

In 1962, Thomas founded St. Jude with a mission to save the lives of children everywhere. Today, St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research hospital where no family is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Research at St. Jude has changed how the world treats leukemia, brain tumors, and sickle cell disease, helping push survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent in 1962 to almost 80 percent today.

Danny and comedian Jack Benny with the original architectural drawing of the hospital.

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