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Mock-ups of the new Fred Hutch license plates. $28 from each plate sale goes towards cancer research at the center. (Fred Hutch Image)

When new car owners are picking license plates in Washington state, they can choose to pay a bit extra for a specialty plate from organizations like the University of Washington or the Seattle Sounders. Now the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will join that list with new plates that will support the center’s work to find cures for cancer and other related diseases.

The bill adding Fred Hutch to the specialty license plate organizations had been in the works for months. It was approved by a wide margin by the state Legislature last week and signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee, a strong supporter of the life sciences.

Governor Jay Inslee signs the bill giving the go-ahead for specialty Fred Hutch license plates. (Fred Hutch Photo)

From each plate sold, $28 will go towards Fred Hutch and the organization’s search for cures to cancer. And while that may be a drop in the bucket for such a large organization, the awareness and involvement from Washington citizens is also a huge element of the project.

Fred Hutch plates will be available starting later this year.

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