A house full of life | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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Bronwyn has been a supporter of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse from the day the soil was turned over on the construction site in 2009. Walking her dog down Missenden Road, Bronwyn used to peek through the perspex window to see the progress of the new building. Spending her entire career in high-paced education positions, after her retirement and once the building had opened, Bronwyn called to volunteer. Working two days each week, Bronwyn divides her time volunteering between Radiation Oncology and Level 2 Clinics. “I make sure that people who appear to be alone, know that they’re not alone. I keep an eye on people who seem to have been waiting longer than they should have. I’m just that extra set of eyes,” says Bronwyn.

It was after volunteering at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse that Bronwyn decided to leave a lasting legacy in her Will. “After retirement I decided to make a new Will. I took a look at my life and tried to think what I really cared about. It was then that I decided there would be no better place for cancer research than this organisation.” Bronwyn’s weekly work at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has led her to understand the critical need for funds in cancer research. As a result, the gift Bronwyn has chosen to leave will be placed toward this area, to ensure that Chris O’Brien Lifehouse can continue to provide advancements in treatment and care to patients.

When asked what she first thought of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Bronwyn said, “I thought how appropriate its name was. It’s a house full of life, like all houses should be. A loving, encompassing, warm place.”

In addition to leaving a bequest in her Will, Bronwyn is ambassador of the Bequest Society, ensuring that more people are aware of the impact their legacy could have on patients and families living with a cancer diagnosis.

You can join Bronwyn and learn more about leaving a gift in Will by contacting Goldia Shum at goldia.shum@lh.org.au.

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