In what is the largest donor commitment in its history, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has received a $100 million donation from Domino's to fund a new housing facility for patients and families.
Noting that diagnosing life-threatening pediatric diseases can take months or even years, St. Jude President and CEO James Downing explained how the idea for the new facility evolved.
"We asked patients and their families to tell us what would make their experience the best possible while staying at St. Jude," Downing said. "Their thoughts and ideas are reflected in the planning and design of this new residence."
According to St. Jude, the facility will be located in Memphis, Tennessee, and provide 140 short and long-term units, along with an underground parking garage, outdoor play area, and pedestrian bridge to the hospital.
Richard Shadyac, Jr., head of St. Jude's fundraising arm, called Domino's gift "the power of corporate purpose to change the world."
"The Domino's Village will provide a home-away-from-home for the thousands of kids and families who come to St. Jude from around the world. They will forever be transformed by the generosity of Domino's in their greatest time of need," he said, adding, "every Domino's employee, franchisee, and customer should be proud to be part of this selfless act of making the world a better, more compassionate place."
Called The Domino's Village, construction of the large facility will begin this fall with an opening planned for the spring of 2023.