We were the grateful recipients of one of the largest donations ever made to aid head and neck cancer research, thanks to the generosity of the Lang Walker Family Foundation. The $3.9 million donation has allowed us to to establish the first Professorial Chair in head and neck surgery in Australia. Our own Prof Jonathan Clark AM has been appointed as the inaugural Lang Walker Family Foundation Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Reconstructive Surgery. The announcement received substantial media attention, due to the unprecedented size of the grant and the potential for change in this area of cancer research and treatment. The announcement was featured in:
- CEO Magazine
- Australian Online News
- The India Education Diary
- Australian Private Hospital Association
- Mirage News
Professor Clark spoke to the University of Sydney, who the Chair has been established in partnership with. He highlighted the significance of such a grant, saying:
“This incredibly generous gift will allow us to develop our own in-house capability for digital surgical planning and printing for facial reconstructive surgery. And it will enable a program of research that will push the boundaries of technology and ultimately transform outcomes for patients with this devastating cancer.”
The Australian also published the exciting development across sections of its masthead, indicating just how widespread and consequential this grant will be for many people and organisations who are committed to bettering outcomes, life expectancy and treatments for head and neck cancer sufferers across the globe, not just here at Lifehouse.
And we have to agree.