Contributions are as unique as the people who make them.
A Lasting Legacy
Generous benefactors present St. Jude Medical Center with the largest single
donation to date.
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
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
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
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