Planned Giving

Fighting Back Strong

Anne Jannetti and David Strong

Anne Jannetti and David Strong

By Diane Mapes

When David Strong was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2004, he was devastated. He was also determined to get the best care possible, so he flew back to Boston, the city where he and his wife Anne Jannetti had grown up, to get a second opinion from the doctors at Massachusetts General.

"We knew there was good care there but they told me, 'If you're in Seattle, you're in really good hands,'" he said. "That felt great."

Strong returned to Seattle and met his surgeon and medical oncologist, both of whom had trained at Massachusetts General before moving to the Northwest. His oncologist Dr. Renato Martins was even wearing a Red Sox jersey and hat the day the two met.

"He went to Harvard," he said. "That's how he became a Red Sox fan. It was good from that day on."

Much like his favorite baseball team — which after 87 years, finally won their first World Series — Strong is incredibly resilient. The longtime executive chef even worked through most of his treatment, which included chemotherapy, radiation and extensive surgery.

"Working through treatment was important to me," said the 61-year-old survivor. "It kept my mind off of it. I used to leave work every day at 11 o'clock and then be up there at SCCA at 12 to hit the infusion room and then radiation."

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Since treatment, Strong and his wife Anne Jannetti have become avid travelers, visiting 36 countries all over the world. Their favorite destination: Paris.

"We always did love to travel but [the cancer] really put it into perspective," said Jannetti. "There's nothing like a diagnosis to make you realize life is short."

The lifesaving cancer treatment Strong received at Fred Hutch's clinical care partner, SCCA also made the pair realize the value of research, which is why they decided to make Fred Hutch a beneficiary of their retirement plans.

"We're compelled by the Hutch's big hairy audacious goals to cure cancer," she said. "That's important to us. Cancer is a strong adversary and we fought back just as hard. We had topnotch care at SCCA powered by lifesaving Hutch research on our side!"

For the patients who will benefit from this couple's generosity, that's a home run.

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By including Fred Hutch as a beneficiary of your retirement plans, life insurance or commercial annuities, you make a plan today to support future breakthroughs after your lifetime.

If you are interested in supporting Fred Hutch's lifesaving work, consider a gift through your estate. It is a simple but powerful way to make a lasting impact. Contact our Planned Giving team at 206.667.3396 or at plannedgiving@fredhutch.org today for details.

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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