Regular giving is a long-term investment in cancer research via on-going monthly donations to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF). Regular giving for cancer research allows the Foundation to more effectively plan our research grants to ensure we have the resources to fund the high-quality grant applications we receive each year.
Some of our fantastic regular givers for cancer research have kindly shared their reasons for their most generous monthly donations.
“My twin sister, Rosemary was only 38 years old when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
After five years of suffering she sadly lost her battle on her daughter’s 11th birthday.
I often think back to the time when Rosemary developed cancer and appreciate all the progress that has been made since then. I support the ACRF with a monthly donation and have left a bequest in my will. I know my donations go towards helping the ACRF fund the necessary equipment that allows researchers to make many more life-saving discoveries. I hope that together we can spare many families the heartbreak in the future.” Continue reading Ann’s story.
“Unfortunately both my husband Travis and I suddenly lost our fathers to cancer within two and a half years of each other.
The impact of losing a parent was made even worse knowing our young children would no longer get to enjoy such precious times with their adored Poppa and Grandpa.
Following my Dad’s funeral, Travis and I wanted to do something positive to help prevent others from suffering the same devastating loss. We decided the best way to do this was to support the hard working cancer research scientists trying to find cures for this cruel disease.
We now make a contribution every month in memory of our fathers. We’re happy to do our part in the fight against cancer and hope that in the future more children will be able to grow up experiencing the joy of spending time with their grandparents.” Continue reading The Dillon’s story.
Hope from Heartache
A Son Honours His First Hero – His Dad
“I have chosen to become a Partner in the Cure due to the recent passing of my father, Stan Phillips, at age 76. My father was a major influence on me and truly was a great man. He lived his life to the fullest and touched the hearts of many. He lived a long life, but for me his passing still came too soon, I was hoping he would be around longer to see his two grandchildren grow up.
He was very fit and I think he would have had years left if it wasn’t for cancer. It was a shock when he had to be rushed to hospital and we discovered he had bowel cancer. He fought a hard battle for three years right up until he passed, and through it all he was positive, smiling and enjoying life.
He was a real family man who put us first and was more concerned with my family than his own struggle. He worked hard to give us every opportunity in life and rarely treated himself. He was my mentor, training partner and best friend. The way he lived his life and fought cancer is why he is my role model; I will be happy if I can live up to just half of his standards and I hope I can pass this attitude to life onto my children. It’s amazing what a perfect father he was especially when he lost his own in the 2nd World War at the age of four. Continue reading Phillip’s story.
“I support the ACRF because my son is alive and well today thanks to the great strides being made in cancer research around diagnosis and treatment.
My 23 year old son was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his final year of training to become an Officer in the Australian Army. Within days of hearing the news he had to go in for surgery and had an orchiectomy. Unfortunately though, at that point, the cancer had already spread to his lymph nodes and he was told that he would have to undergo chemotherapy treatments.
He began his chemo immediately following his graduation from the Royal Military College in December 2013. But as bad luck would have it, he didn’t get an all clear, even after four rounds of chemo. So the next step was an extensive open abdominal surgical procedure, known as a retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) which was followed by a lengthy recovery. Fortunately, he’s now in remission and has embarked on what will be a proud military career.
Becoming a Partner in the Cure was a small way for me to help others become cancer survivors like my son,” Simon Toovey.
A Soldier Saved
David Archer makes a regular charity donation to the ACRF every month in memory of his wife, Danielle, who very sadly passed away from a head tumour at just 35 years of age after a 20-month battle with cancer. He donates for himself, for their children, for hope and for certainty.
“Danielle inspired so many during her brave fight against cancer. To honour her memory, I have made a life-time commitment to actively support Australian researchers in their search for the cures.”
On top of his regular charity donations, David ran the City2Surf for the ACRF in 2012 and is also organising his own fundraiser called 400 thousand steps – a walk for cancer research for the ACRF in 2013 where he will walk 300km (approximately 400 thousand steps) from Canberra to his home in Blaxland, NSW.
Sharyn’s son Robert was diagnosed with a primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma in September 2011 but his battle began many months before that with eyesight reduction, severe headaches, short term memory loss, and depression.
“The day of the surgery was the longest day of my life. Rob was given a very good chance of recovery but nothing really prepares you for the heartache of watching your child battle such an insidious disease.”
During some research on the internet about her sons disease, Sharyn came across the ACRF website which then in turn sparked her interest in Regular Giving.
“There are many good organisations out there doing wonderful things for cancer patients. But for me, I adhere to the saying that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. If we can find some of the causes of cancer we will be in a better position to prevent it. That is why I have become a Partner in the Cure by making regular charity donations to the ACRF.” Continue reading Sharyn’s story.
It is important to Luciano Hespanhol that his charity donation to cancer research occurs monthly. “At any given time,” he told us, “I can remind myself that I am preventing other people from heading down the same no-through road.”
Luciano very generously donates in memory of his grandmother, whom his family nursed at their home until she sadly lost her fight with cancer. Making regular donations in tribute to a loved one is a wonderful way to treasure and honour their memory and at the same time, to provide hope for cancer patients of the future. Read more about Luciano’s story here.
When asked about his motivations for supporting cancer research via regular donations Keith, a regular giver to the ACRF for eight years said, “I know full well that research can be long and tedious. I work as a researcher myself and the project I have been working on for six years is slowly producing results. If there was an easy way to cure cancer it would have happened a long time ago, and that is why the work of the ACRF is so important, because it keeps striving for a breakthrough”, he added.
Generous donors, who give to cancer research on a regular basis, really are our partners in the cure. These supporters are an integral part of the Foundation, helping us to sow the seeds for a cancer-free future.
Following the untimely death of her mother to cancer, loyal ACRF supporter and regular giver Juanita Stockwell is passionate when it comes to advocating the importance of cancer research and does not pull any punches when describing what she thinks of the disease.
“It sucks big time,” she said recently after recalling the arduous journey her beloved mother Jean went through.
“Mum was my best friend, more like my sister,” she said
“She was only 70 when she died which I think is too young. The memory of her battle with cancer sticks with me.” Continue reading Juanita’s story.
Sandra, another long-term supporter, readily admits she is ‘scared’ of cancer: “I have lived with a fear of the disease all my life particularly after my mother died of bowel cancer.”
Sandra gave us an insight into how important supporting the ACRF is to her: “I am proud to support the Australian Cancer Research Foundation on a regular basis because any work they do can only lead to a much needed breakthrough. That is all anybody could ask for.”
By her own admission Maria Falzon did not need much convincing when approached by an Australian Cancer Research Foundation fundraiser in Smith Street Collingwood in Melbourne, 8 years ago.
“My family has been touched first-hand by cancer so I was keen to help fund research into finding a cure for it,” she said recently.
“I lost my cousin Maryanne who passed when she was only 42 years old. Actually she was diagnosed with the disease and then went into remission only for it to emerge very quickly afterwards in a bad way.” Continue reading Maria’s story.
Giving regularly is a cost effective way for individuals to manage their other financial commitments while still regularly contributing to breakthrough research. You’ll barely notice a $25 deduction from your bank account each month, but as every dollar of every donation we receive goes to research, every regular gift makes a big difference.
How do I become a Partner in the Cure?
If you would like to become a Partner in the Cure, please visit our online registration page. Select the regular giving option, click next, and follow the prompts. If you would like to have your regular gift deducted from your bank account, please contact us.
As a Partner in the Cure, you’ll receive regular updates about the research you are supporting, as well as information about upcoming events.
Most of all you know you’ll be making a difference.