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
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
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
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