Rob and Sue Cabion

Leaving a lasting legacy

A decision to leave a gift in your Will is truly a special and selfless act. It gives other patients and their families a sense of hope, and a feeling that someone cares about them. Robert Cabion hopes to have that impact, after making the decision to leave a bequest in his Will to the GI Cancer Institute.

Robert was diagnosed with a Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST) in 2018. Naturally, he wanted to understand more about this rare cancer and his research led him to the GI Cancer Institute.

“When I was first diagnosed, I couldn’t believe it because I was super fit, active and ate well, so I was shocked. Then I wanted to find out more. There are hundreds of websites. I wanted to find an organisation that could provide more information on what’s happening with GIST, if there are any possible cures or new research? Then I stumbled across the GI Cancer Institute,” Robert reflected.

Robert and his wife made the special decision to leave a gift in their Will in support of research for future generations, not only for their own family but for the community at large.

Having experienced firsthand the lengthy process that new cancer treatments take to receive subsidies or government funding motivated Robert to make a change in any way he could.

“GIST is a rare disease, and it has touched me personally, so I want to see more improvements and trials that we can do here in Australia. Clinical trials have such great success, but if we cannot put them into action efficiently then patients are potentially missing out. Hopefully, the money I leave for research might help,” said Robert.

Robert feels that although people normally leave their money to family, if your loved ones are taken care of, then it is worth considering a cause or charity that has touched you in some way throughout your life.

“It doesn’t matter which charity it is, if it’s going to help everyone else then it’s as simple as that. Every little dollar helps. Your family is always going to be important but if you can help another person’s family too, then that’s a great thing.”

While Robert’s current standard treatment is having a positive effect on his cancer, funding new research is important to him so other people and their families have an increased chance of survival and continue to live their lives to the fullest.

“Without research we’re not going to advance in any way. We won’t have new therapies; new treatments and we won’t learn how to tackle it better. You want to try and extend a patient’s life and keep them healthy so they can truly live. It’s simply about helping people and saving lives.”