The gift that keeps giving

Ralph Ernst, a patient at Flinders more than three decades ago, has left a long-lasting legacy to help researchers develop new treatments for men with incurable, metastatic prostate cancer.

Diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1988 while travelling around Australia with wife Pixie, Ralph was operated on and cared for by the urology service at Flinders. 

Ralph remained indebted for the care he received at Flinders and passionate about supporting men with similar cancers, including prostate cancer, until his passing in 2020.

Ralph and Pixie left a generous gift to Flinders Foundation which will support research into men’s cancers for many years to come. 

The most recent project will look at therapy resistance, through a scholarship offered to PhD student Sam Rollin, awarded for the first time in 2021.

Click here for more information about the difference Sam hopes to make in this space.

Other stories from our Spring 2021 Newsletter

Improving the lives of children with glaucoma

Thanks to generous supporters of eye health at Flinders, researchers are hoping to improve the lives of children with glaucoma by identifying genes which lead to more severe outcomes, while also focusing on methods to improve quality of life for patients, and their families. Read More

Grateful Ollie’s neonatal journey

Little Oliver Slade was born at only 25 weeks weighing just 535 grams. He spent 140 days in the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Neonatal Unit. Read More

Ralph’s gift – the Ralph Ernst PhD Scholarship in Prostate Cancer Research

Sam Rollin, recipient of the inaugural Ralph Ernst PhD Scholarship in Prostate Cancer Research, says Ralph and Pixie’s generosity is providing him with the opportunity to make an incredible difference. Read More

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time when your support can make a difference to the wonderful men in your life.  Read More

Dean and Angie’s prostate cancer mission!

Having recently recovered from back surgery, Dean Dimmock, 48, couldn’t have imagined the news he was about to receive after visiting his doctor about new back pain. Read More

Men’s health and wellbeing receives a boost

Research focusing on male health and wellbeing has received a considerable boost, with Flinders University and Flinders Foundation joining the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing. Read More

Thank you for helping GPs manage insomnia

Flinders University researchers will soon develop a world-first pathway to help GPs treat insomnia, in the hope of reducing reliance on sleeping pills for the estimated 2.5 million Australian adults who suffer with chronic insomnia. Read More

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