A familiar face that brought so much joy to the world inspired smiles and tears once again on the campus of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Friday afternoon, June 24th.
United with members of the Danny Thomas family, St. Jude patients unveiled a new sculpture of the hospital founder who died twenty years ago.
"First of all, we haven't seen our father in a long time," said Marlo Thomas, daughter of the hospital pioneer. "So when you come and see a life size statue of somebody you loved so much, it's very moving," Marlo Thomas said.
Tony Thomas, son of the late entertainer and hospital founder, said the family had resisted a statue on the hospital grounds.
"We all didn't feel Dad would want this because he didn't like to bang his own drum but seeing that statue there touched me greatly," Tony Thomas said.
Danny Thomas unveiled a statue of St.