FedEx Purple Eagle — a lofty tradition to benefit St. Jude

Each year since 2012, FedEx has honored a St. Jude patient who’s also a child of a FedEx team member by emblazoning his or her name on a Cessna 208. The Purple Eagle - named and displayed at the FedEx St. Jude Classic SM golf tournament - flies in the FedEx network and serves as a reminder of the connection between FedEx and St. Jude.

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Past Purple Eagle Honorees Pose in front of FedEx Cessna Caravan with Alyssa's name on it
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This year Purple Eagle honoree, Calvin, in a St. Jude shirt

Meet Calvin

2017 FedEx Purple Eagle honoree

For Calvin, a California fifth-grader who loves reading chapter books, playing kickball and helping take care of his 90-year-old grandmother, it’s all about family.

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Relive the experience

Watch the journey of past honorees as they each unveil their name on a FedEx cargo plane.

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Alyssa poses next to her name on the Purple Eagle airplane

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Check out the best moments from past
years’ Purple Eagle honorees.

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Past Honorees

2016 Purple Eagle Alyssa

2016: Alyssa

Alyssa’s Wings – FedEx St. Jude Classic 2016

Daughter of Remco De Jong
Security Data Tech Advisor
Security Technology

This spunky 13-year-old redhead embodies the spirit of strength and determination. She’s had cancer treatments since 2009 as well as several surgeries at St. Jude, but today she’s happy to be healthy and cancer-free. Her name was emblazoned on a FedEx Express plane and dedicated in her honor at the 60th annual FedEx St. Jude Classic.

2015 Purple Eagle Tyler

2015: Tyler

Tyler Soars – FedEx St. Jude Classic 2015

Son of Sean West
Manager, Data Analytics
FedEx Services

Now in his second year of treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Tyler’s name will travel far and wide as a permanent fixture on a FedEx Express Cessna aircraft, which was dedicated in his honor at the 59th annual FedEx St. Jude Classic.

2014 Purple Eagle Allie

2014: Allie

Allie’s Airdance – FedEx St. Jude Classic 2014

Daughter of Eric Allen
Crew Member
FedEx Express

Her fighting spirit combined with treatment from St. Jude helped this high school dance team member battle back from a devastating bout of brain cancer. Besides being honored with her name on a FedEx Cessna Caravan, 15-year-old Allie walked the course as an honorary caddie during FESJC Pro-Am play.

2013 Purple Eagle Hayes

2013: Hayes

The Hayes Express – FedEx St. Jude Classic 2013

Son of Chris Brown
Director, Security Data Res
FedEx Services

Eight-year-old “Captain Hayes,” an all-American kid with a spirited passion for sports, was the second child of a FedEx team member whose name was put on a FedEx Cessna Caravan. It was dedicated in his honor at the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

2012 Purple Eagle McKaylee

2012: McKaylee

McKaylee’s Ride – FedEx St. Jude Classic 2012

Daughter of Stephen Borklun
Station Manager in Irondale, AL
FedEx Express

Randomly drawn from a list of 27 children who were patients at St. Jude and whose parents were a FedEx team member, four-year-old McKaylee’s name was emblazoned on a FedEx Express Cessna Caravan N773FE in 2012. It was the first time this plane was named in honor of a FedEx child.