Gesture of thanks to ‘lifeline’

REMEMBERING HER: Tom and Lindy Barton with Carly on her 16th birthday.
REMEMBERING HER: Tom and Lindy Barton with Carly on her 16th birthday. Photo Contributed

EIGHTEEN years ago Laidley couple Tom and Lindy Barton lost their only daughter, Carly, to lymphoma at the tender age of 17.

The shock of the initial diagnosis and then the terrible loss took a heavy emotional and practical toll on the Bartons, who leaned heavily on the support offered by the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

Today they are repaying that support by ensuring they leave a legacy for future blood cancer patients and their families.

The Bartons are still in touch with the Leukaemia Foundation's support services co-ordinator Maryanne Skarparis, their lifeline at the time.

"To repay the wonderful care we received we've left a gift in will as a way to honour our daughter and give others the same opportunity to get the support they need during some of the darkest hours of their lives," Mr Barton said.

"While Carly was undergoing treatment the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland provided a unit at its ESA Village, which was then located next to the Mater Hospital.

"The free accommodation was fantastic and the counselling and friendship we received from Maryanne and other staff at the village was such an enormous help for us, even after Carly passed away."

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland last week joined other Australian charities for Include a Charity Week to spread the word about the importance of gifts in wills in raising funds to allow the work of their favourite charity to live on.

The Leukaemia Foundation's donor liaison officer Emma Quigley can help those who would like to know more about leaving a gift in their will on 3318 4459 or email

Topics:  laidley lymphoma

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