An enduring legacy

A message from Andrea Evans

Ron-EvansWife of the late Ron Evans AM: Businessman, former AFL President, Essendon Football Club President and Footballer.

When people remember Ron, they might recall his honesty and integrity, his contributions to business in Australia, or the lasting legacy he created for a sport he loved, AFL football.

Ron was also a philanthropist, and when he passed away from bowel cancer in 2007, our family decided to support research in some way to help find a cure for this disease.

Bowel cancer is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in Australia and affects both men and women. By providing funding to find a cure or better treatment, we hope others may not have to go through what we have done.

Since Ron’s passing, our family has helped raise more than $1 million to support a PhD scholarship and post-doctoral fellowship in cancer research in Ron’s name at the Hudson Institute, to enable researchers to gain a greater understanding of this disease and how it spreads.

We are very proud of Ron’s contribution to business, AFL and the community. Across a number of activities he left his stamp, and philanthropy is a very important one.

Ron was an unassuming man, and didn’t like to speak about his disease. However, he would be proud that his name is now affiliated with the fight against bowel cancer.

When you lose someone they will always be with you. It was such a shock losing Ron, and I sometimes think what would have happened if different treatments existed when he got cancer.

Our family funds medical research to make a difference to somebody who is living with bowel cancer to hopefully change their life and the life of their family. This is why we help.

You can too. I encourage you to consider leaving a gift in your Will to Hudson Institute.

By promoting awareness of research into bowel cancer and the work of Hudson Institute, we can encourage other people to help fund a cure and this would be a wonderful legacy for Ron.

Andrea Evans