Donate to the Trust

Why donate to the Anthony Rothe Memorial Trust?

Blood and bone marrow cancers- leukemias, lymphomas, myeloma, and related diseases-are diagnosed in over 10,000 Australians each year, and are a major cause of cancer death. Unlike most other cancers, some blood and bone marrow cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma are increasing in incidence, and cure rates in general are low. Knowledge of the causes of these diseases remains incomplete, and advances in their treatment over the past decades have been inadequate. Research into the causes of blood and bone marrow cancers is urgently needed to provide a basis for the development of new and more effective treatments.

What does the Trust do?

The Anthony Rothe Memorial Trust was formed by the Rothe family in 1983 to commemorate their son, Anthony, who died of leukemia at age 20. Over the past 25 years, the Trust has funded research in New South Wales hospitals and scientific research institutes into the causes and more effective treatments of leukemias, lymphomas, myeloma, and related blood and bone marrow cancers. Currently, the Trust provides around $400,000 annually to fund four research projects, which are selected by an expert independent scientific committee from applications invited each year, and represent the cutting-edge of scientific and clinical research into the causes and improved treatments for blood and bone marrow cancers.

A list of scientists and their research projects currently supported by the Trust is to be found on the website under Current Grants and Projects. Projects supported in recent years have included research in childhood leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, pre-leukemia diseases, immune therapies for leukemias and lymphomas, and new ways to improve cancer chemotherapy.

The Trust is administered by volunteer trustees who provide their expertise and time pro bono. Administrative costs are restricted to accountancy and auditing expenses.

What is the vision of the Trust?

In the long term, the vision of the Trust is a world without blood and bone marrow cancers, achieved by scientific research which identifies the causes of these cancers, and thus allows their identification and elimination before human health is compromised. To achieve this ultimate goal, the Trust will invest in the highest quality research, promote the growth of research capacity in terms of people and infrastructure, and help provide an environment for the highest standard of care of patients suffering from these diseases.

How to donate to the Trust

All donations are tax deductible. Individuals considering making a donation should contact the Secretary, Mr Robert Elliott at relliott@brigdens.com.au (02-9261 5188).