Designing the Labs that Helped Cure Her Cancer

Rachel Taylor / September 12, 2016

Crystal Day, Fred Hutch NewsCrystal Day, an architect and designer at Seattle’s Perkins+Will (client) is also a survivor of acute myeloid leukemia. Incredibly, Crystal was working on designing a new office and lab space at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center while also undergoing treatment there as a cancer patientShe was recently featured in an article in The Seattle Times as one of the success stories a cord blood transplant. Below is a taste of the article:

“Two years later, Day is in remission. She has returned to work at the Seattle architecture firm Perkins+Will, where, in a coincidence, part of her job was designing new labs and office spaces in the 1100 Eastlake Ave. building on the Fred Hutch campus.
Her experience as a cancer patient has colored her work as a designer, she said.
‘My doctor once said that thousands of people have died to help cure you,” she said. “I would like my design work to help the doctors.'”

Read the full Seattle Times article here: Cord-blood transplants could be new answer for cancer patients.

Crystal was also featured on KING 5 news and in the Fred Hutch News.

Rachel Taylor

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