Swedish Medical Center Receives $10.1 Million Bequest for Cancer, Cardiovascular Institutes

The  has announced a $10.1 million gift from the estate of Robert and Jean Reid in support of advanced cancer and cardiac care at in Seattle.

The gift — the largest to date to the $100 million  — will be used to establish the Robert and Jean Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit at the . A core component of the institute's personalized medicine program, the new unit aims to improve cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment through advanced clinical research. Awarded through the Robert and Jean Reid Family Foundation, the gift also will support key priorities at the , which is focused on diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for a growing number of cardiovascular diseases and conditions.

Founders and owners of Reid Sand and Gravel in Bellevue, Washington, the Reids supported nursing and children's health programs, among other charitable causes, in the Puget Sound region. Robert Reid passed away in 2011 from congestive heart failure and Jean Reid passed away in 2012 from cancer.

"My dad was truly a leader in the greater Eastside community, starting in the 1950s," said James R. Reid. "He dedicated his life to his community and to the success of our neighborhood. He's still known as one of the key players in the development boom, which led to the Eastside we see today. Nothing made him happier than knowing that he could make a difference in the lives of those around him, and advancing medicine was a cause truly close to his heart."

"." Swedish Medical Center 12/11/2013.