When Warwick’s father Malcolm died from cancer in March, he spoke to his family about leaving a gift in his will to Cancer Council. Warwick is now carrying on his beloved dad’s legacy, in the hope that one day, no one will have to face cancer like his dad did.
Dad passed away on 2 March this year, after a long and gruelling battle with cancer. His passing caused the entire family untold sadness and although we knew one day that this may happen, the impact on his family, was truly devastating. Dad had a big send-off at the very church that he married Mum in, with over 140 guests. Dad was a man of meticulous planning and would have smiled knowing that COVID-19 and the restrictions on gatherings didn’t apply to his funeral.
In his last few days, Dad spoke to me again about his will and how he wanted to donate to Cancer Council through it. I know he also supported each year through regular donations. This sense of giving back to the community was an enormous part of our memories of Dad. He instilled in all his children a hope that they would pass on his legacy of a belief in philanthropy. I make regular salary deductions to the Cancer Council and have a bequest in my own will. My wife and I have also talked to our blended family of five children about our desire to see them follow in Dad’s footsteps.
Not a day goes by when I don’t shed a tear for Dad. The only comfort I can take in his passing is that he is no longer suffering. And my hope, just like Dad’s, is that one day, nobody will have to suffer the way he did. In some small way, I hope his financial support and that of his family will ensure this happens.” – Warwick Edwards, Cancer Council NSW supporter.