Seidman Family Story

Seidman Family Tradition of Giving

Jane and Lee Seidman

“Cancer has impacted many of our loved ones, and Jane and I are overjoyed to make this gift that may lead to finding cures for cancer.”

Jane and Lee Seidman are lifelong philanthropists who have also been abiding supporters of University Hospitals and cancer care. “We have been fortunate with a successful business and that, coupled with the tradition of giving passed along to us by our parents, has provided us the inspiration to give back,” says Mr. Seidman.

Lee Seidman founded The Motorcars Group in 1958. He led the company to become one of the nation’s largest auto dealership networks. The group has been a strong supporter of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. In 2008, the Seidmans donated $1 million to the hospital, establishing the Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Pediatric Cancer Innovation. In 2010, they made an extraordinary $42 million gift to UH to support cancer services. In recognition of their generosity, the freestanding cancer hospital at UH Cleveland Medical Center and our related network of regional outpatient cancer programs were named in their honor as the Seidman Cancer Center.

Advancing Health Care

The Seidman’s relationship with UH has been enduring - both were born at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital. Lifelong Clevelanders, Jane and Lee grew up in families with a strong charitable focus. As a teenager, Jane learned the importance of supporting health care when she joined her mother to help actor Danny Thomas raise money for what became St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After giving regularly to more than four dozen worthy causes, the couple recently narrowed their philanthropic efforts to help make a more significant impact in health care.

History of Philanthropy

“From when we were children, our parents instilled in us the importance of giving back and advancing the mission of health care,” says Jane Seidman. “My mother was a hospital volunteer most of her life and Lee’s mother spent her evenings transcribing books into Braille while he did his homework. This gift is truly from our hearts. We really wanted to make an impact in our community and support UH’s outstanding cancer program as it opens this magnificent new cancer hospital.”