Bob Widditsch is a man of many pursuits. He received a degree in physics in college and another in electrical engineering in graduate school, making the latter his profession. Bob moved to Seattle in 1959 and worked for The Boeing Company and the University of Washington for several decades. On the side, he took up a variety of hobbies such as ballroom dancing and woodworking. He even obtained a patent for a device he invented that keeps backpackers' food and supplies safe from bears.
When Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 70, he turned to his problem-solving prowess. He researched his options, discussed them with his physician, and chose "watchful waiting" to see if and when the cancer might spread. Bob was doing well until the spring of 2013 when his PSA level rose sharply. That's when he visited Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the patient care arm of Fred Hutch, and started to learn more about the research happening at the Hutch.
"I'm very impressed with the Hutch. They are doing brilliant work," Bob says.
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In April, Bob attended a symposium hosted by the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research, a collaborative effort between Fred Hutch and UW Medicine scientists and clinicians. The Institute's mission is to understand prostate cancer; develop new therapies, diagnostics and prevention strategies; and improve survival and quality of life.
Thanks to a new treatment plan, Bob now has plenty of energy for another of his passions: table tennis. He also continues to follow the latest news in prostate cancer research and has created a charitable gift annuity (CGA) with Fred Hutch to support the Hutch's pursuit of lifesaving cures. "I wish I started the CGA a long time ago," Bob says. "They are quite amazing, but most people don't really understand them."
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