A permanent acknowledgement
After Wendy’s death, Russell wanted to establish a permanent acknowledgement of her unstinting life of community service, while also helping find a prevention or cure for the disease that took her life at the age of 69.
He approached WEHI to set up a fund to help support research into myelofibrosis and, reflecting Wendy’s early career in teaching, assist young researchers in the difficult early years of their careers.
The Wendy Dowsett Scholarships now award three PhD students an annual grant for the duration of their studies. A permanent capital fund allows others to donate to the scholarships and ensure research continues into blood and bone marrow cancers, such as myelofibrosis.
Russell says: “I am keen to encourage the scholarship model of giving because it is intensely satisfying to know precisely where and to whom the assistance is going, while at the same time I’m honouring the life of an extraordinary person, Wendy Dowsett, who I was lucky enough to call the love of my life.”