Despite a long and arduous period of treatment, Ned Parnham, a member of Scotch’s Class of 2015, died earlier this year of acute myeloid leukaemia or AML, which is a rare form of this disease. Ned, who was 22, had re-enrolled in his Environmental Science course at the University of Melbourne when he became unwell again. He died on 19 February.
Through his love of scientific studies and as a result of a keen interest in his own treatment, Ned agreed that after he died his blood could be used in research and trials, to enable researchers worldwide to strive for a cure for AML. Ned’s story is sad but also very inspirational, with his own wonderful contribution and that of his family enabling firm steps to be taken towards a cure for AML.
Click on the link below to access an Alfred Hospital Foundation newsletter article about Ned Parnham.