Made in memory of Lee's late son, Patrick Warn Lee, the gifts of $2 million each will be used to establish an endowed chair in palliative and support care at the cancer center and a scholarship program at the college. The Lee Foundation Endowed Chair in Palliative and Supportive Care at Roswell Park will enable the center's palliative and supportive care program to expand its services — which include pain management, group counseling, mindfulness-based stress reduction, nutrition support, occupational and physical therapy, acupuncture, and spiritual support — to twenty-four-hour on-call support for inpatients and to five days a week at its outpatient clinic.
The Lee Foundation Scholarship Program at Canisius College will award two scholarships annually of $10,000 each, renewable for four years, to two freshmen majoring in finance, computer science, mathematics and statistics, or physics who have a demonstrated financial need and a commitment to excel. In addition, eight junior and senior scholarship awards will support students in the targeted majors who are at risk of not completing their education due to financial circumstances. The program will provide $10,000 per student per academic year to relieve a portion of their unmet financial need and reduce their post-graduation debt.
An engineer, Lee founded Enidine, Inc. in 1966 and International Motion Control, Inc. (IMC) in 1996, which he sold in 2007, establishing the foundation with a portion of the proceeds. He served as Roswell Park's first board chair when it became a public benefit corporation in 1999 and is a longtime officer of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. He also has served on the Canisius College board of trustees and board of regents.
"These gifts, made in memory of my son, Pat, will allow Roswell and Canisius to have greater impact and will align with the Lee Foundation's commitment to mental health and post-secondary education," said Lee. "The endowed chair at Roswell will expand the emotional and psychological supports for cancer patients and their families. And the scholarship fund at Canisius will provide academic opportunities for science and math students. My family and I are proud to have Pat's legacy carried forward by these outstanding community institutions."