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Legacy to charity

The Board of Trustees of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and the researchers we fund acknowledge with gratitude the thoughtful generosity of those individuals who are leaving a legacy to cancer research through a bequest in their wills.

By leaving a legacy you are helping us fund breakthrough research that has the power to make life-saving progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis and cure.

Leaving a legacy for world class cancer research

We thank and honour these individuals and families for making such a significant difference to our ability to fund world-class research in Australia. Please click here for a full list of our bequestors.

The late Mr Kevin McCusker

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ACRF would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Mr Kevin McCusker, and thank them for supporting his most generous bequest to cancer research this May.

To honour this significant donation, a research grant awarded to the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) will be named in Mr McCusker’s memory. Mr McCusker’s donation is leaving a legacy in his home state, as he has contributed to the provision of a world-class imaging hub for cancer diagnosis and management.

Mr McCusker’s family described him as a very quiet and unassuming man of strong principles and deep feelings. “This bequest has been made because people he loved had died from cancer and other underlying causes,” they said.

The late Mrs Florence Jane Anderson

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Florence Jane (‘Billie’) Anderson lived in Randwick in a beautiful sandstone terrace that had been owned by her grandmother and then later her mother. She was a young girl during the war years and by her own accounts (as told to friends Peter Grant and neighbours Jann and Maurizio Zappacosta) was a high-spirited character whose early photos bore an uncanny resemblance to Katherine Hepburn!!

Billie married for a second time late in her life; her first marriage had been a short and unhappy one. She adored her second husband but he died from a brain tumour and Billie remained alone. It was her husband’s illness that prompted her to support cancer research and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. When Billie moved to Charingfield Nursing Home, she made a powerful decision to bequeath her estate, leaving a legacy to cancer research.

An astute woman, Billie enjoyed life, laughter and fun. When she passed away at age 87, the main theme of the eulogy was her fierce determination to be independent and live life to the full.

Holly Smith

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Holly Smith is a cancer survivor. It has been more than 20 years since she was diagnosed but she has not forgotten – “Having cancer was one of the most powerful lessons of my life and I am truly grateful for the experience.”

Holly has a truly amazing outlook on life, having personally battled with our society’s biggest killer. She is committed to fighting cancer by leaving a legacy to research in her Will which will support the future of researchers’ work in Australia.