Julia “Marlo” Thomas is an American
actress, producer, and social
activist known for her starring role
on the TV series That Girl. She also
serves as National Outreach Director
for St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital. Marlo is the recipient of
four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe
Award, a Grammy Award, and the
George Foster Peabody Award.
Gary Barg: Tell
me a bit about the St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital and the
Thanks and Giving campaign.
Marlo Thomas: One
of the reasons that St. Jude is so
distinctive is that it is a research
and treatment center under one roof.
When my father was first planning on
building a hospital for children
with cancer and other deadly
diseases, one of the scientists
said, “If you really want to help
sick kids, Danny, don’t just try to
make kids better; try to find out
what makes them sick.” That became
the mission of the hospital, devoted
to the study of disease in children.
We have an
international intellectual community
and they are the leading doctors and
scientists in the world for children
with catastrophic diseases. And my
father made an important promise to
make St. Jude the only pediatric
cancer research center where
families never pay for the care they
receive. And no child is ever turned
away because of the family’s
inability to pay. The Thanks and
Giving campaign has helped very much
to spread awareness of the unique
work of St. Jude. It is the real
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