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St. Judes began because of a promise made by our Founder, Mr Nihal Kaviratne, at a function at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He was called up to the dais to make a speech and saw hordes of masked kids, their heads shorn, in the audience smiling, dancing, really enjoying themselves at the event. Despite battling cancer, they were full of life. But he realised that behind these smiles, many families would spend days and nights on the pavements outside the hospital or at railway stations as they had no proper place to live during treatment. At that very moment, he decided that these kids should not have to spend their lives under these circumstances. They would have a clean, loving place to stay while undergoing treatment.

This promise was fulfilled with the foundation of St. Judes. In the last 15 years, it has completed the circle of care—between what treating hospitals provide and what a child needs to recoup, recover, and overcome cancer.

2019

Centres launched in Guwahati and Chennai

2018

New centres open at Vellore

2016

Another centre opened in Cotton Green Mumbai

2014

Expanded current centres & opened new centres

2013

Infection-control enhanced & kids offered educational support

2012

Replicated our model in Kolkata

2011

Parents activities started in centres

Expanded to Kharghar

2009

Education and counseling services added

2008

Introduce nutritional support and recreation

2006

Open St. Jude India ChildCare Centres