Jerry Liebermann is living decades longer than expected thanks to Fred Hutch.
When Jerry Liebermann and Linda Harris married, they thought they would have only a few months together before Jerry's chronic myeloid leukemia took his life.
Thank goodness they were wrong. Jerry and Linda have celebrated more than 34 years of marriage together. "I'm so grateful to Fred Hutch. They have literally saved my life multiple times," says Jerry, who first came to Fred Hutch for a bone marrow transplant in 1981 and returned three times to treat recurrences. Each time his cancer came back, Jerry received the latest treatment, buying him additional years of sustained life.
With the time they didn't think they'd have, Jerry and Linda have developed the easy rapport of long-married couples, finishing each other's sentences as they retell old stories. They've established a home together in Seattle and raised a daughter, Rebekah, a recent college graduate and local AmeriCorps volunteer.
"I can't believe that I'm still around," says Jerry, a retired bioengineer. "I really love life. I have loved ones and I have family, and life is good."
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Jerry and Linda have chosen to honor their unexpected years together by creating a charitable remainder trust, which provides them with yearly income while ensuring that discoveries like those that saved Jerry's life continue to save others' lives in the future.
"Our donations buy time. They buy time for patients so they can live long enough for the treatment, or the drug, or whatever it is that will keep them alive," Jerry says.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
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With a charitable remainder trust, you can receive a charitable tax deduction and income for yourself or another named beneficiary for life or for a set term of up to 20 years. Often you can actually increase your income over what you're now receiving from your assets. If appreciated securities or real estate is used, you may be able to avoid or minimize capital gains tax. Once the payment period ends — or you or your beneficiary passes on — the remaining value of your gift goes to support the Hutch's lifesaving research.
Yields an income based on an established percentage of the annual valuation of your trust's assets.
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