Vale Professor Martin Tattersall AO

We are saddened to share that on Sunday the 30th August we lost a world leading oncologist and I personally lost the man who saved my life and my friend.
For anyone who may not be aware, I have Professor Tattersall to thank for the life I have today. His world renown expertise in oncology enabled him confidently treat my rare cancer diagnosis in 2015 to achieve what he would describe to many, as a "miracle" outcome.
Prof was also a world pioneer in delivering patient centred care. From our very first meeting we experienced his kindness delivered through his smile, warmth in tone of voice and elimination of medical jargon kept us empowered through treatment.
As many patients will no doubt tell you, The Prof understood the patient's journey- the fear, the uncertainty and all the other emotions that come with a diagnosis of cancer. He would have your back and only be a phone call away.
After my treatment had ended Prof Tattersall was a major part of my inspiration for the Big Hug Box. I can only hope with The Big Hug Box that we can help carry on his message of kindness, whilst contributing to the support of young researchers through our monthly donations to Cure Cancer.
Like so many, I will miss Professor Tattersall dearly, not only as a brilliant oncologist but as a lovely man. I will forever hold an indescribable amount of gratitude that he made sure I would be here to see my daughters grow up and use my empowered experiences to help others facing cancer.
Professor Martin Tattersall

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