Andrew Forrest draws on family experience in push to eliminate cancer

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, May 2017

Both sides of their family have been afflicted, dating all the way back to Mr Forrest’s great-great-uncle John – the first premier of Western Australia – who was killed by melanoma 99 years ago. More recently, both have watched close family members struggle against the “emperor of all maladies”.

Neither is keen to talk about these personal experiences. “Cancer has probably touched every family in some way,” Mrs Forrest said. But these experiences are at least part of the reason cancer research was at the top of the couple’s philanthropic to-do list.

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