LEE KLEIN, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, has been recognized for four decades of achievements as the creative force, compassionate leader, and administrative genius, making it possible for children with cancer to receiveÂ necessary medicalÂ treatment and ancillary care.
Lee beganÂ her career as a volunteer charity worker for childrenâ€™s causes in 1956.Â Nine years later, Lee accepted the greatest challenge of her life:Â Â The founding of an unprecedentedÂ treatment clinic for cancer-stricken children which is today known as the Children’s Cancer Cancer Center and which hasÂ beenÂ her life-long passion.Â
In addition toÂ her responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, LeeÂ serves as Patient Program Director at the Center.Â She becomes personally involved with each patient and family, meeting them when they first arrive, and periodically thereafter, assessing the need for assistance and support, in confidence, and without compromise to the familyâ€™s dignity.
From the very onset, as clinic administrator, Lee was never a bureaucrat or a paper shuffler.Â Her involvement has been a total one, financially, emotionally, and spiritually, as Lee literally holds the hands of these catastrophically ill children and their families while they go through the high stress, painful procedures in their life and death battle against cancer.
A recipient of a multitude of awards, Lee has also received appointments to, and has served on the Board of, the National Childrenâ€™s Cardiac Hospital; the Consumer Advisory Council of the University of Miami Comprehensive Cancer Center; the University of Miami Advisory Committee for the Childrenâ€™s Hospital; and the Advisory Council for the University of Miami Helping Hands Award.Â Additionally, Lee is a founding Director and has served on the Board of the Florida Youth Orchestra.
Now in her fourth decade of dedication to â€śher kids,â€ť Lee believes that until mankind is rewarded with a cure for cancer, theÂ number oneÂ killer disease of children, she will receive great satisfaction in continuing to help give quality life, love and hope to children afflicted by cancer.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2006 American Committee for The Weizmann Institute of Science, â€śWomen of Visionâ€ť Award
2006 WPLG-Local 10, â€śSaluteâ€ť from the community
2004 Junior League of Miami, â€śWomen Who Make a Differenceâ€ť Award
2003 Big Brothers Big Sisters â€śMiracle Makersâ€ť Award
2001 Princess Cruise Line, â€śHeart of Goldâ€ť Award
2001 Broward Center for the Performing Arts/Real Women/Real Lives Spotlight Award
1991 Presidentâ€™s Volunteer Action Award
1991 WTVJ/NBC, Kellyâ€™s Hero Award Benefiting the Community
1988 Universal Aid for Children, Kathryn Lehman Weiner Advocacy of Children Award
1987 WSVN/Fox, Hometown Hero Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
1986 University of Miami School of Medicine, Helping Hands Award for Humanitarian of the Year
1986 Dade County Bâ€™nai Brith Outstanding Citizen Award
1985 University of Miami School of Medicine, Helping Hands Award for Woman of the Year
1985 Miami Herald Spirit of Excellence Finalist
1982 Advertising Federation of Greater Miami, Outstanding Community Service Award
1981 Greater Miami Chapter Womenâ€™s ORT Award for Outstanding Woman of the Year
1980 National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service Benefiting a Local Community
1980 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service
1979 Zonta Club of Greater Miami, International Year of the Child Award
1974 Women in Communication, Community Headliner Award
1969 North Shore Kiwanis Club, Humanitarian of the Year
1968 Florist Association of Greater Miami, Sweetest Woman of the Year Award presented by the late Honorable Chuck Hall, Mayor of Miami Beach, along with Jackie Gleason, who received the Sweetest Man of the Year Award