Kilimanjaro Climb to Fight Cancer

July 2019

Let’s Take Cancer Research to the Top

After a successful summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Luke Timmerman has set his sights on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Formed by biotech executives and investors from around the country, Team Kilimanjaro will travel to Tanzania in July 2019.

Team Kilimanjaro climbers are committed to raising $50,000 or more to support cancer research at Fred Hutch. Luke’s Mt. Everest Climb to Fight Cancer raised $340,000 for Fred Hutch.

This year’s goal: $1.5 million.

Fundraising total as of Sept. 10, 2019: $1,593,689


Kilimanjaro Climbing Team, July 17-28


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Trailhead Sponsors

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Is the Climb to Fight Cancer/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution and is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. Climb to Fight Cancer is an event put on by Fred Hutch, a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Washington, that accepts donations from all 50 states. Our tax ID number is 23-7156071. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Fred Hutch IRS determination letter can be found in your participant center.

Will my donors receive tax receipts?

All donations made payable to and received by Climb to Fight Cancer/Fred Hutch will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes. If a donation is not made directly to the Climb to Fight Cancer/Fred Hutch by the donor, Fred Hutch cannot provide a tax acknowledgement.

Donations received via check or cash will be acknowledged via mail no later than January 31, 2020.

How can someone donate to my climb?

The easiest way for someone to make a donation to your climb is via credit card directly on your fundraising page. Donors can also give via check (see question about personal checks), cash (see question about donating cash), donor advised funds, wire transfers, stock, and matching gifts. All gifts should indicate that they are for the Climb to Fight Cancer and should include the name of the climber to ensure proper recording to your fundraising page.

For instructions on electronic fund transfers/ACH, stock gifts, or for any questions, please email Cate Tambeaux at

Who should my donors make personal checks payable to?

Checks should be made payable to “Fred Hutch.” Include “Climb to Fight Cancer” and the name of the climber whom the donation should be applied to in the memo field. Donors should send checks to the address:

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
ATTN: Climb to Fight Cancer
1100 Fairview Ave. N., J5-200
Seattle, WA 98109

Fred Hutch will send a thank you and tax acknowledgement to the name and address appearing on the check.

What do I do if a donor gives me cash?

Please do not send cash through the mail. If you live in the Seattle area, please contact Cate Tambeaux at to make arrangements to drop off the cash donation at Fred Hutch (823 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109). Otherwise please obtain a cashier check for the amount and send this to Fred Hutch along with the donor’s name and address so we can send a thank you and tax acknowledgement. Please do not write a personal check to cover the cash donation. If you write a check, we can only acknowledge you as the donor.

How long will it take for a donation to appear on my fundraising page?

Gift postings vary depending on the type of donation. All online donations will appear immediately. Donations made through other forms may experience delays in recording for a variety of reasons, including: mail delays, Fred Hutch staff availability, bank processing times, and company match distribution timing.

How are matching gifts credited toward my fundraising goal?

To submit a matching gift, simply ask your company’s human resources or matching gifts representative to submit the paperwork to Fred Hutch. Be sure to note the matching gift is for Climb to Fight Cancer. Once we receive the matching gift, we’ll post it to your fundraising page.

Please note: The time it takes to receive the actual gift can vary depending on your company. Some companies will send the money within a couple of weeks of your request, while others may take longer.

Matching gifts are an easy way to increase your fundraising. Be sure to encourage your donors to submit matching gift requests to leverage your fundraising.

What if someone outside of the United States wants to donate to my climb?

They can donate by credit card on your personal fundraising page and enter the amount in U.S. dollars. Please encourage any Canadian friends to donate online instead of by check.

Further questions? Please reach out to Cate Tambeaux at or 206.667.2840.


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