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A Lasting Legacy

$3 Million Gift to Advance Stroke and Patient Care

Marvin Blaski

St. Jude Medical Center is pleased to announce a $3 million gift—one of the largest in the hospital's history—from the estate of the late Marvin Blaski, a patient who dedicated the bequest gift in appreciation for the outstanding care he received after a stroke in 1996.

Two million dollars of the gift will fund the establishment of St. Jude Medical Center’s first endowed medical directorship—the Marvin Blaski Endowed Medical Directorship for Stroke. The additional $1 million will go to support clinical advances and initiatives aimed at improving the patient experience.

The creation of the endowed medical directorship provides institutional resources in perpetuity to support the continued excellence of St. Jude’s nationally recognized stroke program. This milestone achievement allows the hospital to attract and retain the nation’s best physicians, aggressively pursue research and innovation, and create improvements in patient care.

“We are deeply grateful for this generous gift which will benefit those who have suffered a stroke not just this year or next, but for decades,” states Brian Helleland, chief executive of St. Jude Medical Center. “This gift helps keep us at the forefront of stroke care, giving our patients the best chances for a successful recovery.”

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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