Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation – Teddy’s Loving Bequest

Teddy lives on through a generous gift in her Will

Esma Mary Cormack or ‘Teddy’ as she was fondly known by family and friends, recently left a bequest of over $30,000 to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF). Teddy was 90 years old when she passed away in September 2017.


Teddy had two daughters, Sue and Debbie, eight years apart. In the 1950s, Debbie passed away at six years of age, after a very long illness. She was born with a severe liver disease and deformity, with no prospect of a cure. This experience as a parent formed the basis of Teddy’s desire to support and help the most vulnerable.


Some years following Debbie’s death, the family moved to Western Australia. But Debbie was never far from Teddy’s mind. When it came time to write her Will, Teddy’s solicitor suggested that she consider making a bequest to a children’s charity. Teddy was excited to think that she could make a difference for children and babies who were sick and in pain.

Teddy’s family suggested that CLCRF was a good fit for her wishes because the foundation funds research into childhood cancer, including research to find better protocols for the treatment of young children.


A charitable gift such as this will go a long way to help make that happen. This was Teddy’s legacy in remembrance of a cheerful little girl named Deborah Jayne. The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation is very grateful for Teddy’s generosity.