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Agreement with SJCRH & ALSAC & AUBMC

The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) is the result of a tripartite agreement between the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA; the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), and the CCCL foundation.

Danny Thomas never lost touch with his Lebanese roots. In fact, twice, in 1962 and 1974, he made trips to Lebanon. In his autobiography “Make Room for Danny” he describes his first trip to Lebanon.

"We drove those fifty miles up into the breathtaking mountains. I choked up when we finally got to Becheri. There were ten thousand people - probably the entire population of the village - crowded into the square in front of St. Saba's Church. There were signs everywhere, both in Arabic and English: "Becheri Welcomes Her Son.”

I was taken on a tour of the village, which was made up of stone houses hundreds of years old. I saw the houses where my mother and father had been born. Looking at the rocky slopes, I could see how tough life must have been for them. Wherever we went, cousins came up to me, identifying themselves as either Keyrouz (my father's family) or Touck (my mother's). Their warmth was overwhelming. But I guess it's the same when any immigrant's child returns to the old country."

Danny Thomas had the dream to build a cancer treatment center in Lebanon. But he could not do it due to the war in Lebanon. Danny's family and St. Jude/AlSAC carried on with his dream.

On April 19, 2000 a tripartite agreement was reached between St. Jude, AUBMC, and CCCL with the objective of cooperating for the establishing of an in-patient/out-patient unit for the treatment of cancer in Children (Clinic). The Clinic would be the exclusive provider of pediatric oncology care and treatment at AUB and the establishment of the clinic would be in accordance with the applicable policies, rules and regulations of AUB.