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St. Jude Celebrates Next Frontier of Finding Cures With Grand Opening of Chili's Care Center
Date:11/14/2007

Chili's Grill & Bar, other partners and donors share in success

Governor Phil Bredesen welcomes researchers into the new National Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium headquarters

Chili's Care Center culmination of best practice learning in translational research for exceptional patient care

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R) and Chili's Grill & Bar(R) celebrated the national grand opening of the Chili's Care Center during a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting today. The opening of the Chili's Care Center, which will house the major treatment and research programs for brain tumor and bone marrow transplant patients, represents a major milestone in translational research and patient care capabilities in the fight to save children battling cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. The brain tumor program at St. Jude is the largest protocol-based pediatric brain tumor program in the country.

The Chili's Care Center grand opening speakers included Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen; Tony Thomas, St. Jude Board of Governors and son of Danny Thomas; John P. Moses, CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude; William E. Evans, Pharm.D., director and CEO, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Doug Brooks, CEO and President, Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's Grill & Bar; and Todd Diener, President, Chili's Grill & Bar.

The Chili's Care Center was named in honor of Chili's close partnership with St. Jude. After holding a local and then a regional fundraising campaign for St. Jude in 2002 and 2003, Chili's began a national campaign in 2004 to raise funds through Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer, which occurs every September to coincide with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign offers Chili's guests the opportunity to donate to St. Jude by customizing a signature Chili's pepper coloring sheet. In addition, Chili's began donating 100 percent of its profit
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