Gift of beloved Harley to benefit patients | Leukaemia Foundation

Gift of beloved Harley to benefit patients


Gregory Boyd loved his wife, playing and refereeing rugby, and riding his precious Harley.

After retiring in 1988 from a successful rugby league refereeing career in Far North Qld and NSW, where he was the youngest-ever first grade referee and cohort of Bill Harrigan, Greg decided to move back to Brisbane for work, living at Jimboomba.

In September 2010 he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Following a successful bone marrow transplant he went into remission in February 2011.  During this time Greg stayed in the Leukaemia Foundation’s Clem Jones-Sunland Village and received emotional support.

Life took yet another tragic turn for Greg when his wife, Jan (pictured above with Greg), was killed in a car accident in February 2013 on her way to a work appointment.

The grief hit Greg and his family hard and impacted on his recovery.  Our staff were there for him, providing grief support to help him through.

In November 2013 his leukaemia returned and he underwent chemotherapy, remaining in hospital until January 2014, before again going into remission.

A highlight during his remission was racing in the ‘Barry Sheen Memorial Classic’ at Eastern Creek.

Sadly, in August last year Greg lost his battle with leukaemia.

“The last four years were a tough battle for him, fighting leukaemia and also losing the love of his life,” said his brother Glen.

“I know my brother greatly appreciated all the support provided by the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland and we believe the proceeds from the sale of the Harley Davidson motorcycle he bequested will be put to good use to support other families struggling with blood cancers.”

Gifts in Will allow us to continue to provide  a range of essential patient support services and education programs, and to maintain our  investment in research seeking better treatments and cures as well as access to clinical trials.


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