Partners for the Future

Taking care of the next generation is in our DNA

Our Partners for the Future are a special group of people who have left a gift to Garvan in their Will. Their generosity plays a major role in our work and ensures their legacy lives on in medical research advancements.

Greg Goodley

Greg was just 11 when he found out about his 13-year-old sister Tracey Lea’s teratoma tumour. “I knew something was wrong. She was in so much pain,” he recalls. If Tracey Lea had been diagnosed today, I know that her cancer could have been identified through the technology and expertise at Garvan.

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Joe and Betty Banhidi

Joe and Betty Banhidi's lives were ripped apart in September 2013, when Joe was diagnosed with aggressive mantle celllymphoma. During six months of heavy chemo the couple’s eyes were opened to the impact of illness – and how medical research can help.

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Claire Greaves

After a career in banking, Claire now volunteers with the Garvan Research Foundation each week. “The work environment is great, and the work keeps your mind active. If I don’t come in, I really miss it”.

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Terry Gallagher

Terry and his brother Peter were both diagnosed with prostate cancer at the same time. Terry was diagnosed early and was eligible for radioactive brachytherapy seed implants, which have kept his cancer in check. Peter wasn’t as lucky; his cancer was advanced by the time it was detected. 

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Terry and Helen Jones

After surviving breast cancer, Helen was diagnosed with the beginnings of an autoimmune disease in 2013. She and her husband Terry visited Garvan to find out more about their research in this area, and decided to leave a bequest in their Wills.

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Peter Olive

When Peter was in his late twenties, his mother developed a form of chronic haemophilia that has no known cause or cure. When she lost her battle to the disease 10 years later, Peter’s father was determined to leave money to medical research.

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Diane Ferrier

Diane has always considered herself a fortunate person, with a happy upbringing, rewarding career, opportunities to travel and the company of good friends and family. But there is also sadness. Both Diane’s parents passed away after significant medical ordeals. Her father from dementia and her mother from leukaemia. She also had a friend who succumbed to ovarian cancer.

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Sid Lewis

The desire to help others led Sid Lewis to become a Garvan Partner for the Future, in memory of his beloved wife of 65 years, Kit. When Kit was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Sid learned all that he could to ensure her condition was properly managed.

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Gabriel & Joan Farago

Gabriel Farago was a young boy when he arrived in Australia from Eastern Europe, with all his belongings in a little brown suitcase. With new opportunities, hard work and good fortune, his belongings grew well beyond the suitcase over the years.

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William “Bill” Walker

Bill Walker is a passionate Garvan Partner for the Future and he appreciates that people are living longer thanks to medical research. In fact, he is living proof having just turned 104 years old!

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Sue & Peter de Beuzeville

“We think everybody wants to leave the world a better place, and by supporting Garvan I know we are helping all of humanity. The research into disease and treatments will go all around the world, including developing countries. That’s extremely important to us.

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Rick Stevens

Rick is a semi-retired educator and author. He began giving to Garvan with annual donations. However, the more he learnt about Garvan’s work and breakthroughs, the more he wanted to contribute.

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Michael and Joy Foulsham

Michael and Joy have been donating to Garvan for many years. In fact, they have first-hand experience of our work – Joy has been treated for osteoporosis since 1989 by Professor John Eisman, former director of the Osteoporosis and Bone division, now Lab Head – Osteoporosis and Translational Research.

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Roberta Withnall

Roberta is no stranger to medical research. After teaching Nature and Physics in the UK and Sydney, she began work at the UK’s Medical Research Council. There she had the chance to visit a range of research centres and witness truly important developments in the field.

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George Quigg

George regularly gave modest donations to Garvan, and was a Partner for the Future. Having no immediate family of his own, George loved going to PFF events and introducing his close friends to the work of the Garvan.

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How to make a bequest

You can find more information on how to make a bequest or contact our Bequest Manager below.

Contact 

Contact Donna Mason, Bequest Manager at Garvan if you would like information about leaving a gift in your Will to Garvan and becoming a Partner for the Future. Your enquiry and details will be treated in the strictest confidence and without any obligation.

Phone: (02) 9295 8559
Emailbequests@garvan.org.au
Enquiry Form: Confidential enquiry form