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Send a Free Virtual Valentine to a Patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Share a Valentine greeting designed by one of the pediatric patients at the famed medical research center

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A virtual Valentine for a patient at At. Jude.
  • You can send a virtual Valentine — designed by the patients at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital — to the children being treated there

  • The program started 12 years ago as a holiday card exchange

  • More than 7.3 million cards have been sent since St. Jude’s began the virtual card program

With just a few clicks, you can send a virtual Valentine’s Day card to a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the famed children’s hospital in Memphis, Tenn., which has clinics across the country.

To spread a little love, go to the St. Jude website and pick one of the cards designed by a current or former patient, then pick a pre-written message — such as "You make today awesome for your friends and family just by being you. Happy Valentine’s Day!" — or write your own message in the card, which will be virtually sent to the kids at St. Jude.

<p>Chad Robertson/Getty</p> At. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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At. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The program started as with holiday cards in 2012, a rep for St. Jude’s tells PEOPLE, and evolved into the Valentine’s Day card exchange.

Over the last 12 years, more than 7.3 million cards have been sent.

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Flyers with QR codes that link to cards are posted throughout the hospital, giving patients a chance to scroll through the Valentine's Day cards.

The hospital is also accepting donations for Valentine’s Day. St. Jude’s treats children with cancers like leukemia and lymphoma — and other potentially fatal diseases such as immune disorders and sickle cell disease — at no cost to families.

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Treatment for pediatric cancer can last as long as three years and cost on average $425,000. In some cases, St. Jude notes, care can cost more than $1 million.

For more information on how to support St. Jude, visit their website — or find out if your employer offers matching donations.

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