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Noel’s gift in will is a tribute to his family

The Leukaemia Foundation is honoured to name ‘The Hurd Family Unit’ in honour of Noel George Hurd and his beloved wife and son, Janice and Mark.

Noel, Janice and Mark Hurd

Noel and Janice Hurd connected with the Leukaemia Foundation in 2016, when their son Mark was diagnosed with Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Noel and Janice experienced first-hand how a blood cancer diagnosis can completely alter the trajectory of one’s life. In 2017, Noel and Janice travelled to Western Australia with Mark for a clinical trial. For three months they called a Leukaemia Foundation Blood Cancer Centre home.

Sadly, a bout of shingles prevented Mark from participating in the clinical trial, and he passed away upon returning home to South Australia. The following year, Noel experienced another devastating loss with the passing of Janice.

Noel and Janice Hurd

Noel remained a special friend to the Leukaemia Foundation for the rest of his life, regularly visiting the Bridgestone Leukaemia Foundation Blood Cancer Centre in Adelaide, donating books and making generous gifts to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s work.

When it came to writing his Will, Noel chose to leave a lasting legacy to the Leukaemia Foundation. With the naming of The Hurd Family Unit, the Leukaemia Foundation is delighted to recognise Noel’s kind-hearted bequest.

“Gifts in wills are a critical source of funding for the Leukaemia Foundation, enabling us to deliver practical services and emotional support to patients when they need it most, and invest in breakthrough research to improve health outcomes for the more than 135,000 people living with blood cancer in Australia. Noel’s gift in will to the Leukaemia Foundation is deeply appreciated and will unquestionably help further our mission to beat blood cancer.”

Chris Tanti – CEO, Leukaemia Foundation

Noel and Janice Hurd

Like Noel, you too can honour a loved one by leaving a gift in your Will.

If you would like to know more about supporting the Leukaemia Foundation with a gift in your Will, please contact our Senior Philanthropy Manager, Emma Dwyer, on 08 8169 6051 or email

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