Horizon Foundation Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Horizon Charitable Foundation donates $70,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and honor Pioneer, Dr. Rudolph Jackson

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is the recipient of a $70,000 gift from the Horizon Charitable Foundation. The funds will support pioneering research and lifesaving treatment by St. Jude of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, while honoring the pioneering work of Dr. Rudolph Jackson, one of the hospital’s first African-American doctors.

Preston Byrd, was inspired to give after attending a private event in support of St. Jude at the home of Carolyn Hardy. During the evening, guests were told about a new opportunity to support a campaign to honor one of the hospital’s first African-American physicians – Dr. Rudolph Jackson. Horizon Foundation’s $70,000 gift will support the $2 million raised through the ongoing Dr. Rudolph Jackson Campaign to help advance the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children®.

Dr. Rudolph Jackson, one of the first Black doctors at St. Jude, was a groundbreaking figure in the treatment of sickle cell, childhood cancer, solid tumors and other life-threatening diseases. While he was at St. Jude, Dr. Jackson built the sickle cell program to such a stature that in the early 1970s, the National Institute of Health hired him to head the federal government’s efforts to fight the disease.

“I was first introduced to St. Jude on a personal level over 30 years ago when my best friend at the time was diagnosed with leukemia and needed to have a bone marrow transplant,” said Byrd. “Unfortunately my friend passed away from the disease however, that experience had a profound impact on my life. Today to be in a position to have a positive influence on the future of others through our donation is truly humbling and such a blessing for my wife, me and Horizon’s Foundation.”

Because of gift like that of the Horizon Foundation, St. Jude can continue with its six-year, $11.5 billion strategic plan to triple its global investment and impact more of the 400,000 kids around the world with cancer each year.

St. Children’s Research Hospital accepts children from all 50 states and around the world. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food so they can focus on helping their child live.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

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