When she was young, Sally Skinner Behnke longed to be a doctor or a scientist. But she grew up in a time when a girl couldn’t expect that dream to come true.
So Sally carved another path. She turned her childhood wish into a lifelong role as a “curestarter”: kick-starting the cures of the future through support of transformative science at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Sally, who died last year at age 90, built a legacy of philanthropy with Fred Hutch that grew out of her family’s longstanding commitment to local organizations. A reflection of a deep-rooted culture of giving in Seattle, the Behnkes have made major contributions to numerous cultural, medical and educational institutions throughout the region in addition to Fred Hutch.
Today, the Behnkes’ dedication to launching new cures at Fred Hutch continues through Sally’s son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Renée Behnke.