Peter Olive – Partner for the Future
Through making a bequest in his will to Garvan, Peter Olive is one of our Partners for the Future. Here is the story behind his decision to help us continue to fight disease for future generations.
With both Peter's parents suffering prolonged illness, he became well aware at an early age of the value of medical research and of efforts to find cures - or at least better treatments - for a range of serious disease.
When he was in his late twenties, Peter's mother, Dorothy, developed 'thrombocytopenic purpura', a form of chronic haemophilia for which there is no known cause or cure. In 1978, after battling the disease for nearly 10 years, she finally succumbed.
From that day on, Peter's grief-stricken father, Carl, a fitter and turner, said that he wanted to leave money to medical research. But alas in 1989 he then suffered a stroke and lost virtually all his motor and communication skills. Through he lived for another five years he was unable to ever revise his will.
More than 20 years later, Peter's bequest to the Garvan today is both about honouring his father's wishes and imbuing his own life with a greater meaning. "...it's reassuring to think that something I've accumulated throughout my lifetime can bring benefit to humanity as a whole."