St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Quick Facts

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
  • Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since its opening. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors and partners like Tau Kappa Epsilon, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
  • St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Why Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy allows doctors to precisely target tumors with high doses of radiation while sparing nearby healthy tissue and organs. This new therapy offers a huge benefit for children with brain tumors and other cancers in sensitive areas like the eye, because it reduces harm to the developing body and lessens the risk of secondary tumors later in life. St. Jude estimates that within five years 80 percent of the pediatric patients needing radiation will receive proton therapy.

The proton therapy center is the first in the nation dedicated solely to children and designed specifically to meet the needs of young patients. The center includes three treatment rooms, treatment preparation and recovery rooms for patients, plus a musical staircase that leads to a rain forest-inspired waiting room. The multidisciplinary staff comprises specialists from oncology, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, nursing, child life and others.

The powerhouse of proton therapy is the synchrotron, a massive particle acceleration system that generates the proton beam. Highly-skilled technicians program the synchrotron to deliver a beam at the exact energy levels needed for each specific patient. The proton beam then travels through the vacuum of the synchrotron at seven-tenths the speed of light, directly to the treatment room where it will be administered with exactitude to the patient, via a nozzle.

The depth and intensity of the proton beam is guided by advanced control systems to conform to the shape of the tumor. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the features unique to the St. Jude proton therapy system in November 2015 and the center began seeing its first patients in December.

St. Jude Guide to Fundraising

When Frater Danny Thomas (Gamma-Nu, Toledo), founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, spoke of the “unifying bond that grows from young men working together” in the fall 1978 issue of THE TEKE magazine, he was speaking of the positive actions of Tekes across the nation in support of St. Jude.

“Every time we’d think we had enough for the next year, researchers would come up with a bigger need,” said Danny. “Fortunately, with people like my Fraters in TKE, we have been able to accomplish what we initially thought was a hopeless task.”

As St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues to pave the way in groundbreaking medical advancements in the name of pediatric care, Tau Kappa Epsilon has been present for every milestone. We are excited to continue on the journey for years to come. 

To help chapters and colonies in their fundraising efforts to support St. Jude, the Offices of the Grand Chapter has designed a straightforward, comprehensive guide available for download today! 

Download the St. Jude Guide to Fundraising


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Partnership with St. Jude

In August 1978, TKE officially joined Frater Danny Thomas in the fight against childhood cancer by raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Now, 30 years later, TKE is recommitted to this amazing cause and will strive to continue the pledge set forth by our fellow Fraters. Even though Danny died in February 1991, his vision for St. Jude lives on.

Danny Thomas formed ALSAC to raise funds solely for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. And while the hospital struggled to sustain growth during the early years, support from individuals and organizations like TKE helped keep it afloat. Danny noted in the Fall '78 edition of THE TEKE, "Every time we'd think we had enough for next year, the researchers would come up with a bigger need. Fortunately, with people like my Fraters in TKE, we have been able to accomplish what we initially thought was a hopeless task."

Though this was the era when fraternities were viewed as wild and reckless, Danny noted how Tau Kappa Epsilon seemed to be driven by a different beat - one of goodwill.

"There's a unifying bond that grows from young men working together for community service to others that will keep them together for the rest of their lives," Danny noted during a 1978 interview for THE TEKE. "And when they work for something as important as saving the lives of children, that experience can't be equaled."

Tekes began a Keg Roll for St. Jude that same year, and chapters from across the country participated. One of the first chapters that participated was the Theta-Mu chapter at the University of New Orleans where their event was a marathon distance (26.2 miles). Many other chapters followed suit and these fundraisers continued until the early 1990s. The negative connotation the keg brought to the fraternal world ended the TKE Keg Roll, but its philanthropic impact on St. Jude is still being felt.

Danny further stated in THE TEKE: "I am proud to be a Teke, and I know St. Jude is going to approve of this marriage between the greatest Fraternity in the world and the greatest hospital with the most miraculous research center."

At Conclave 2015 in New Orleans, Chief Executive Officer Donald E. Aldrich and Past Grand Prytanis Bob Barr announced that Tau Kappa Epsilon fulfilled its 5-year, $1 million pledge to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital--a year early, nonetheless. Fraters across TKE Nation continue to support the children of St. Jude, but we still have work to do. Now is the time to make your work count! 

Pictured Below: Frater's Aldrich and Barr with representatives from St. Jude commemorating the accomplishment of TKE's $1 million pledge at Conclave 2015 

Missing Reported Dollars

Through the TKE Module, chapters and colonies have been doing an excellent job at reporting the dollars they have raised for St. Jude. This has allowed the Offices of the Grand Chapter to confirm with St. Jude that every dollar raised is properly counted for.

Unfortunately, multiple chapters and colonies have reported a higher amount on their KRA Scorecard than we have been able to find.


Help Find Missing Reported Dollars

Mailing a Check

Make sure you properly fill out a check to "St. Jude Children's Research Hospital". Include "TKE" and your chapter/colony name in the memo section of the check. Please see the image below as an example of what your check should look like.

Mail the check to:

Tau Kappa Epsilon
ATTN: St Jude
7439 Woodland Dr Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Do not send donations to the St. Jude main or local office.

Remember that only money sent from your group to St. Jude will count toward your donation totals. Any funds donated through other organizations (Universities, Sororities, Restaurants, etc.) will not count toward your group's total.

Please have all of your group's St. Jude donations sent to Tau Kappa Epsilon's International Headquarters by May 15th.

Are you an alumni member who wants to help support our $2.6 million commitment to St. Jude?

Mail a check to TKE Headquarters at the address above made out to St. Jude! Please write your chapter designation in the memo area on the check if you'd like them to get credit for your donation. You can also scroll down to your chapter's link below and donate online to their St. Jude fundraiser page with a debit or credit card.