Jim and Diane Watson built their life around family. Diane considers raising their three children — two girls and one boy — the highlight of her life. For Jim, a University of Washington graduate who forged a 30-year career in California at Ford Aerospace Corporation (later Lockheed Martin), “family was the reason for everything.”
After shepherding their children into adulthood, the Watsons eagerly anticipated caring for an equally close-knit third generation. At first it seemed to Diane and Jim that grandchildren would never come, until Karen, their second-born, gave birth to their much-loved and long-awaited first grandchild, Nigel. Nigel was born almost 18 years ago. Joy was fleeting.
“He was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4 months old. He died when he was 8 months old. It was a very, very difficult time,” recalls Jim, whose voice still quivers when he remembers Nigel.
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The Watsons carry Nigel in their hearts always, and they want to spare others the same pain they feel. Diane and Jim named Fred Hutch as the beneficiary of their charitable trust so that they could support pediatric leukemia research and be involved in starting new cures and better treatment options.
“Cancer is so devastating. It’s our great hope, really, that the Hutch will be able to mitigate so much of that, and find cures,” says Diane.
Now the proud grandparents of four more grandchildren born after Nigel died, Jim and Diane take great satisfaction from knowing their gift will help other children and grandchildren lead longer, healthier lives.
“I can’t think of a better way to leave a legacy than that,” says Jim.
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