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Hearing the news that I only had 12 months to live was shocking - Alex Marshall

You can support people like Alex through our life-changing health initiative, Gifts of Hope. 

About Gifts of Hope

Your gift can help to fund medical treatment (prescribed by a Medical Oncologist) that is not currently available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. 

New medical discoveries, including medicines can help patients to live longer and to experience less pain or other debilitating symptoms. However, these treatments can often be costly and out of reach of many Australians.

Financial toxicity is a term used to describe the challenges a patient can have with the prohibitive cost of accessing medical treatment, which can also affect their quality of life.

 A Gift of Hope can directly support a person with a life-threatening illness to access costly medicines including unsubsidised treatments such as immunotherapy; a type of cancer treatment which assists the body’s immune system to fight cancer.

 Help us to ensure life goes on. With your support, we can make it happen.


Every dollar donated brings us closer to making a life-changing impact to the life of someone in need, and we know the need is great.

To learn more about Gifts of Hope or to directly support this life-changing initiative, please call the Foundation on (08) 9381 0300 or email us at

Alex in treatment

Alex’s story of hope

Fit and healthy 55-year-old Alex Marshall was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and given a life expectancy of just 12 months. “Hearing the news that I only had 12 months to live was shocking… In a way I lost my identity… and I got that sick I couldn’t work.

Alex’s young daughter Lexie also noticed the change in her father. “My dad’s that type of person that jokes around and is very talkative, so when he was really sick he wasn’t that kind of person anymore.

Alex’s only treatment option was chemotherapy, which can have debilitating side effects, so he jumped at the opportunity to be part of a new immunotherapy trial treatment.

Thankfully for me, immunotherapy treatment was my lifeline,” Alex said.

After only six weeks of treatment, Alex’s tumour had shrunk by 80%, and after three months it was almost undetectable.

All of a sudden to be given hope, it was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Alex said.

Your generous donation can directly support a person in need to access costly medicines or unsubsidised treatments that may just save their life.

Marshall family

Once dad got better I had hope again. It was like a rollercoaster, you go in feeling really scared, and then you come out having the best time of your life,” Lexie said.

Please help us enable life-changing care. With your support, we can make a difference.

It’s the personal stories of people like Alex that perfectly demonstrate the impact that we can make together, and every dollar brings us closer to supporting life-changing treatment for a patient in their time of need.

Please donate to Gifts of Hope this Christmas.

A Gift of Hope can directly support a person with a life-threatening illness to access costly treatment, including unsubsidised medicines, during their time of greatest need.

Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none so powerful, as hope.
Charles W. Sawyer

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