Daughter’s loss to lymphoma inspires legacy | Leukaemia Foundation

Daughter’s loss to lymphoma inspires legacy

Monday, 07 September 2015


In 1997, Laidley couple, Tom and Lindy Barton lost their only daughter Carly to lymphoma at the tender age of seventeen. The shock of the initial diagnosis and then the terrible loss took a heavy emotional and practical toll on the Barton’s who leaned heavily on the support offered by the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland. Today they are repaying that support by ensuring they leave a legacy for future blood cancer patients and their families.

Eighteen years later the Barton’s are still in touch with the Leukaemia Foundation’s Support Services Coordinator Maryanne Skarparis, their lifeline at the time.

“While Carly was undergoing treatment the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland provided a unit at its ESA Village which was then located next to the Mater Hospital,” Tom said.

“The free accommodation was fantastic and the counselling and friendship we received from Maryanne and other staff at the village was such an enormous help for us, even after Carly passed away.”

“To repay the wonderful care we received we’ve left a gift in Will as a way to honour our daughter and give others the same opportunity to get the support they need during some of the darkest hours of their lives.”

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland has proudly joined other much-loved Australian charities for ‘Include a Charity Week’ to spread the word about the importance of gifts in Wills in raising funds to allow the work of their favourite charity to live on.

Gifts in Wills are an essential source of income for the Leukaemia Foundation, according to the Foundation’s CEO Bill Petch.

“It allows us to ensure that patients and their families have access to crucial support services, counselling and education programs into the future and the Foundation can maintain its commitment to patients by investing in research to improve treatments and find cures,” Mr Petch said.

“Some of our Gift in will donors have told us they would like to support the Foundation’s work yet are not in a position to donate on a regular basis at this point in their life, however they feel they want to do more. Leaving a gift in their Will makes them feel satisfied knowing the Foundation will benefit from their gift in time without impacting their lifestyle today.”

“You do not have to be elderly to start thinking about a gift in your will. Many younger people decide to support a cause they feel passionately about when they create or review their will.”

Include a Charity Week which runs from 7 – 13 September, hopes to encourage the practice of leaving charitable gifts in Wills once family and loved ones have been taken care of.

The Leukaemia Foundation’s Donor Liaison Officer, Emma Quigley, can help those who would like to know more about leaving a gift in their Will. Please don’t hesitate to give Emma a call on 3318 4459 or email equigley@leukaemia.org.au