Iconic Photos Donated to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Former patient's gift features photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston
    and others

<p><span class="xn-location">SEATTLE</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 26</span> /CNW/ -- The family of Frederick S. Kullman, a Bellingham resident who passed away after a battle with leukemia, has donated a rich collection of 20th century photographs to <span class="xn-person">Fred Hutchinson</span> Cancer Research Center.</p>
<p>After attending an Ansel Adams exhibit in 1975, Kullman purchased the first piece in what would become a world-class collection. Now, thanks to the generosity of Kullman and his family, the Hutchinson Center is home to 47 masterworks by photographers such as Adams, <span class="xn-person">Edward Weston</span> and Robert Mapplethorpe. The images are all signed and range in subject from landscapes to portraits to still lifes.</p>
<p>Kullman was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2003. While receiving treatment at the <span class="xn-location">Seattle</span> Cancer Care Alliance under a Hutchinson Center research protocol, he and his wife, <span class="xn-person">Merrilee Kullman</span>, spent eight months in <span class="xn-location">Seattle</span> before returning to their home. He passed away in 2006.</p>
<p>"Both of our lives were touched in so many ways by the outstanding care Freddy received," Merrilee said. "We were eager to find a way to 'pay back' the Hutch for all that was done for Fred during a difficult course of treatment. We decided donating the photography collection was the best way to share this special collection with the most people."</p>
<p>It was the hope of the Kullmans and the Kullman Family Trust that everyone on the Center campus--faculty, staff, visitors, and patients and their families--would have the opportunity to view and enjoy the photographs.</p>
<p>"They're outstanding," said <span class="xn-person">Charlotte Reed</span>, Hutchinson Center Art Committee member and daughter of Center founder <span class="xn-person">William Hutchinson</span>, M.D. "We are so lucky to be able to see and share them every day."</p>
<p>At <span class="xn-person">Fred Hutchinson</span> Cancer Research Center, our interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health, knowledge and hope to their work and to the world. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.fhcrc.org">www.fhcrc.org</a>.</p>
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    Christi Ball Loso


For further information: For further information: Christi Ball Loso of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, +1-206-667-5215, closo@fhcrc.org

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