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A Lasting Legacy

Generous benefactors present St. Jude Medical Center with the largest single donation to date.
Harold and Henrietta Lee

St. Jude Memorial Foundation is proud to announce it has received the largest single donation to date, a $3 million outright gift. The donation comes from the estate of philanthropists Harold and Henrietta Lee of Buena Park, and will be applied toward future projects at St. Jude Medical Center.

"We feel so blessed that Mr. and Mrs. Lee chose St. Jude as the recipient of this extraordinary gift," says Lee Penrose, President and CEO, SJMC. "Mrs. Lee was once a patient at St. Jude Medical Center, and is a shining example of the difference a dedicated, grateful patient can make. This donation will allow us to proceed with confidence into the future and continue to bring the best facilities and highest quality care to the communities we serve."

After losing Harold to cancer in 1990, Mrs. Lee began donating to cancer causes and research facilities. Mrs. Lee passed away from natural causes in June 2008 at the age of 94. In addition to her $3 million estate distribution in 2001, future distributions to St. Jude will bring the total value of the donation to an estimated $8 or $9 million by 2020.

Gifts of time or treasure all make a difference

There is a spirit at St. Jude Medical Center that is different from other hospitals.

This spirit has inspired the generosity of grateful patients, families and community friends. Over the years, gifts both large and small to the Memorial Foundation have supported St. Jude Medical Center, helping to make it one of Southern California's most respected and technologically advanced hospitals.

Philanthropy has allowed us to create nationally recognized services, build facilities where quality and innovation can flourish, and provide lifesaving care to all who walk through our doors.

Today, St. Jude Medical Center’s commitment to excellence is more important than ever—and it is a generous community that makes that commitment possible.

But as the medical needs of this community continue to grow, so does the importance of those willing to give to ensure state-of-the-art care for family, friends and neighbors.

There are many ways you can help. To learn more, please call the St. Jude Memorial Foundation at (714) 992-3033 or email us at

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