Bequest story: Narelle Ferry

Narelle Ferry is a celebrated supporter of Murdoch Children's Research Institute. 

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Read Narelle Ferry's story and find out more about her generous bequest to Murdoch Children's. 

Narelle Ferry had to overcome more than most as a child. She was born in the 1960s with Neurofibromatosis (NF), an incurable genetic condition that causes tumours to grow in the body. Narelle endured many painful medical procedures over the years and also lived with autism, as is common for people with NF.

Despite these childhood challenges and being bullied until she left school, Narelle made the most of her adult life. She volunteered for 20 years typing resumes for job seekers and formed close friendships with the people she worked with.

When Narelle passed away in 2016 aged 51, her greatest wish was to make sure that children born with NF would not suffer as she did as a child.

She included a donation in her Will that is now helping MCRI researchers find more ways for kids with NF to reach their full potential.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Narelle and her family” says MCRI Director Professor Kathryn North.

“We’ve made great progress in the diagnosis and treatment of NF, but we still have a long way to go. Narelle’s legacy will improve the health and wellbeing of children with this condition well into the future.”

“Narelle’s last wish was to leave some money in her Will for research into this complicated condition so that no other child would have to live like she did.” explains her relative, Cecilia Ferry.

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