By DUNCAN McPHERSON
It was New Year’s Eve of 2008 when my wife was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. In the 15 months that followed my family and I undertook a harrowing fight to save Lyn, my wife and adoring mother to our three kids. Sadly in March 2010 Lyn passed away.
Lyn was diagnosed in 2008 and died on the 8th of March 2010. It was a very intense 15 month process of operations and treatments. Lyn was no stranger to the hospital as she was previously a nurse. On several occasions she ended up in intensive care and endured several operations and numerous treatments of chemotherapy and radiation.
Professor Michael Quinn, Lyn’s surgeon and a past colleague from her nursing days was my first introduction to the Women’s Cancer Foundation – Ovarian Cancer Institute (WCF – OCI). Initially it was great to know that she was in safe and trustworthy hands and throughout the 15 months Michael and I formed a close friendship.
I was approached by Michael after Lyn’s passing and was offered a position on the board of the WCF – OCI. I was keen to help raise awareness of the disease and more than happy to assist in whatever way I could so I jumped at the chance to be a part of the Women’s Cancer Foundation – Ovarian Cancer Institute.
Since Lyn’s death, my three children have also shown strength and commitment to the cause, which is extremely understandable given the circumstances. For me, the decision to become a Board Member for WCF – OCI was a family decision and a choice I haven’t regretted for one moment.
We as a team and close family have helped support the WCF – OCI by getting involved in as many fundraising ventures as possible and we have successfully raised close to half a million dollars in the past four years.
As a Harness Racing and Trotting enthusiast, I have also successfully launched the Lyn McPherson Memorial ‘Breed for Speed’ Trotting Mares Sprint Series which has been running now for four years at Tabcorp Park in Melton with the next Series Finals being run there on the evening of Saturday 22nd March 2014.
I also work with a dedicated group of Lyn’s friends who form the Lyn’s Lunch Committee, with the help of my daughter Tess McPherson. They hold numerous events throughout the year including an annual luncheon at Sandringham Yacht Club each November which successfully raised in excess of $35,000 in 2013.