More than 100 years ago, a dedicated group of women formed an organization to help underprivileged orphans in Memphis. They called themselves Le Bonheur Club and selected sewing as their first project.
In addition to sewing much needed items for orphans, Le Bonheur Club members realized they could do more to help children in the community by raising funds and identified the need for a dedicated children’s hospital in Memphis. On June 15, 1952, their dream officially became a reality when the doors to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital opened.
Because of their dedication, children in Memphis and the surrounding region have had access to expert care for more than 70 years.
Thanks to the vision of Le Bonheur Club, millions of children have been cared for at Le Bonheur. From the normal bumps and bruises of childhood, to life-saving heart transplants and brain surgeries, Le Bonheur is here when kids their families need us most.
What began as a sewing circle of 19 compassionate women has turned into a robust Club of more than 400 committed members.
If the Founding Mothers of Le Bonheur Club could see the hospital now, I know they would be proud and in awe of what has been achieved. What started as a small community children’s hospital is now a growing nationally ranked health care leader, providing expert care to children from not only Memphis but across the country.
We are eternally grateful for Le Bonheur Club’s leadership and vision because without it, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital would not exist today.
Happy Birthday, Le Bonheur Club! Cheers to the next 100 years!
Trey Eubanks, MD, FACS
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
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