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Lynn Lippert

Lynn Lippert

Photo by Colin Stapp for Fred Hutch

In 1997, Lynn Lippert was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. She underwent a lumpectomy, radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Then, just three years later, Lynn's doctor discovered a tumor in her other breast.

She opted for a double mastectomy to remove the tumor and reduce the risk of future cancer. The strategy was effective, and Lynn and her partner, Sal Jepson, celebrated by traveling the world and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.

"Almost a year to the day from my last chemo treatment, we were standing on the summit," Lynn says. "That was a very sweet and emotional moment. Coming down, I felt like I was getting on with my life."

Unfortunately, her battle wasn't over. In 2009, Lynn felt pain in her pelvis — the original cancer had metastasized in her bones. Lynn caught it early enough to send it into remission.

Climbing for a cure
Lynn now celebrates her three-time survival by making contributions to cancer research. She's summited dozens of mountains, 16 of them through Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Climb to Fight Breast Cancer®.

Lynn and Sal

Lynn Lippert and Sal Jepson

Photo by Leah Nash for Fred Hutch

Lynn completed her first Climb to Fight Breast Cancer peak in 2005 and climbed her most recent one — Mt. Olympus in Washington State — in August 2013 on her 71st birthday. She has used the climbs to raise more than $200,000 for Fred Hutch. Additionally, in 2012 Lynn and Sal established an endowment to support breast cancer research at Fred Hutch during their lifetimes. As Legacy Partners in Research , they have also made provisions to provide additional support to their endowment in their estate plans.

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"We have a vested interest in finding a cure and are impressed and intrigued with the Hutch's early stage discovery projects, which need funding but aren't quite ready for large federal grants," Sal says. "We truly believe one of the brilliant researchers at Fred Hutch will be the one to make a breakthrough and find a cure."

Endowed Gifts

Invest in Fred Hutch's future.

By making an endowment gift, your gift will continue to support our scientific breakthroughs forever.

Making your mark
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 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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