MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Through art, music and moving speeches leaders of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital honored the black pioneers in the hospital's history.
St. Jude leaders said the event is in coordination with Black History Month.
On Thursday night, several Memphis artists displayed artwork and performed to a standing room only audience.
The event highlighted the first black doctor at St. Jude and their mission to help all children regardless of race.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
St. Jude has the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since opening more than 50 years ago.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food.