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A Heart for Helping

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Judy Kornell

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch
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Ask retired Fred Hutch nurse Judy Kornell the secret to great nursing care and she’ll tell you right away: “It’s about touch.” During her years as a pain nurse, she also touched the hearts of countless cancer patients, blending hands-on caregiving with path-breaking research on better ways to measure and control pain.

“If their pain is managed and they are not stressed, they will get well sooner,” she says.

Based on her research and nursing experience, she became an early advocate for giving patients control of their pain medication and for the use of pain-level measurements now routinely assessed ― along with temperature, pulse and respiration ― at clinics everywhere.

Compassion runs deep in her family: Judy’s daughter Teri worked 10 years at Fred Hutch, sometimes side-by-side with her mom; and Teri’s daughter Brittany worked there three years caring for bone marrow transplant patients.

Before joining the Hutch, Judy was also known among Seattle nurses. A founding member of the Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society, she became its third president in 1978.

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“We formed a local chapter and met at Fred Hutchinson 90 percent of the time,” she says. “We have the strongest chapter in the nation today.” Judy also helped start Hospice of Seattle, which now has a caseload of 400. After joining the Hutch staff in 1985, she worked with the late Dr. Harlan Hill, who specialized in the study of neuropharmacology, on many pain management trials involving bone marrow transplant patients.

With so many ties to Fred Hutch, Judy found another way to lend a helping hand after she retired. “I met with the Planned Giving staff and decided to give a charitable gift annuity. It provides me with some income every year ― and it benefits the Hutch,” she says. “I’ve added to it since then, and it’s been a very rewarding experience.”

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California annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

"I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington, or its successor organization, the sum of $ _________ (or % of my estate), (or other personal property herein described) to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Fred Hutch or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support the mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Fred Hutch as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Fred Hutch as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Fred Hutch where you agree to make a gift to Fred Hutch and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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