A family’s legacy of love
A deeply personal experience with blood cancer has blossomed into two generations of generosity.
When Edwards Rhoades was diagnosed with blood cancer, he found connection and support through the Leukaemia Foundation. He was instrumental in setting up a young adult support group, something he was passionate about as a 21-year-old.
Edward’s wish to give others a brighter future also powered another selfless action, his decision to make a generous $10,000 gift in his Will to the Leukaemia Foundation.
“Kate was just exceptional, and he had a really special friendship with her throughout everything,” reflects Jan, Edward’s mum.
“I can’t sing the praises of the Leukaemia Foundation and his medical team enough. They did everything they possibly could to care for Edward and with such incredible kindness.”
Sadly, Edward lost his life to graft versus host disease, a long-term serious side effect of his blood cancer treatment.
Continuing Edward’s desire to make a difference, Jan recently updated her Will to give a life-changing gift to the Leukaemia Foundation.
“It’s my parting gift to the many families coming after us who hopefully won’t suffer such a terrible fate,” explains Jan.
“It means Edward’s memory will be kept alive and it’s a great comfort to know his name will be remembered long after we are both gone.”