Bob and Pat McDonald have nourished a partnership with Fred Hutch for three decades. But eight years ago, they gained a new perspective on the discoveries their contributions have fueled over the years when they became grandparents.
"We want to make sure we support something that may save their lives someday, or their children's lives," says the proud grandmother of three, including a baby boy born just last year.
An irrepressible extrovert, Pat first became involved with Fred Hutch when she joined a Hutch-affiliated fundraising guild to spend time with other women in her new neighborhood.
But both of the McDonalds' involvement quickly deepened as they connected with the Hutch's mission.
"We play a role in helping to fund initial research of a new idea that can lead to the larger funding that a researcher may need to discover something so incredible that it just sends up a big flare of hope to everybody," says Pat, who served for several years on the Fred Hutch board of trustees and in other leadership roles.
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Bob and Pat feel a shared mission with Hutch scientists who are working on the next generation of lifesaving therapies.
"[They] understand that what happens with those fruit flies [in their lab] affects that child that's in a bed there dying of cancer," Pat says. "And if not that child, then the next child."
As grandparents, the McDonalds have chosen to invest in their vision of a healthy future for their family and other families by creating a residuary gift in their estate to Fred Hutch.
"No matter what the size of your gift, every dollar invested is a dollar that's going to get a return," Pat says. "We can make a difference."
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