The estate of Dr. Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman has paved the way toward distinguishing the new Cancer Hospital at University Hospitals Case Medical Center from other cancer hospitals in the country.

In honor of the estate’s $35 million gift, the largest single donation in UH’s 143-year history, the couple will have 3,700 square feet of space for clinical cancer research and treatment, and the floor on which it will be housed, named in their honor.

The Goodman family became forever linked to UH in 2000 after oncologists at the Ireland Cancer Center successfully treated Dr. Goodman with an experimental drug for acute myelogenous leukemia. In 2004, the Pepper Pike couple — both inaugural members of UH’s National Cancer Leadership Council — made arrangements to include UH in their estate plan, setting the stage for the gift.

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