Ross was born on 27th October 1945 and lived at a
few different Sydney addresses over the years and ultimately settled in Padstow. Ross loved life which included; family, work,
socialising, participating in various sports including golf, being a
competitive and then social runner, a keen spectator of cricket and cycling and
valued numerous friends during his life’s journey.
Ross battled cancer over many years and it was his
competitive spirit which made him push on and fight hard. In 2010 he was diagnosed with prostate
cancer, 2014 tonsil cancer, 2017 an early stage melanoma which was removed and
in 2018 his cancer had metastasised to bone, lymphatic and lung cancer.
Ross undertook two immunotherapy trials at the Kinghorn Cancer
Centre under the direction of Dr Venessa Chin, a medical oncologist and the
lung cancer research fellow working in the fields of lung and head and
neck cancer. Dr Chin is part of the Cancer
Developmental Biology group, where she is working on the genomic events which
drive primary and metastasis formation in non-small cell and small cell lung
cancer. Ross was very supportive
of Dr Chin’s research and held her medical team in the highest esteem. Ross’ treatment/s also included several bouts
of radiation, in 2019 back surgery and finally chemotherapy.
Ross was always disgruntled that he could not fly and often
spoke and dreamt that he could; he earnt his wings on 30th September,
2021 when he passed over.
This page is a tribute to Ross’ personal tenacity in trying
to fight this dreadful disease and it leaves a legacy for future innovative
research. Together we can be part of a
team which makes this happen; please consider donating to Dr Chin’s special