Seattle Children's Hospital has announced a bequest of more than $60 million from the estate of Bruce Leven.
The gift, the second largest in the hospital's 111-year history, will create the Bruce Leven Endowed Fund in support of health care for all children in the region, regardless of their family's ability to pay. In addition to helping Seattle Children's continue to provide more than $164 million a year in financial assistance to families in need, the fund will support uncompensated care within the hospital's pediatric cancer care unit, including the Strong Against Cancer philanthropic initiative, as well as uncompensated care delivered by the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, which records more than forty thousand patient visits annually.
Leven, who passed away in September 2017, was a Mercer Island resident and businessman. His many ventures included the acquisition (and subsequent sale) of Bayside Disposal and the creation of Bayside Automotive Group. As a racecar enthusiast and vintage car collector, Leven also participated in and donated to Seattle Children's Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts guild events benefiting uncompensated care delivery.
"We are deeply grateful for Bruce's incredible generosity in leaving behind a lasting legacy that will help us say yes to hope, care, and cure for every child in our region," said Seattle Children's CEO Jeff Sperring. "Kids need us now more than ever. It is gifts like these from our community that will ensure we will be able to meet these growing needs now and into the future."