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Francis Galbally

“My experience could not be better. And I can tell you, I am the most difficult of consumers"

“My experience could not be better. And I can tell you, I am the most difficult of consumers"

Francis Galbally

For Francis Galbally, Cabrini was a saving grace in one of the most difficult experiences you could go through – watching your wife of 38 years die.

Not only is he indebted to his late wife’s oncologist Michelle White, but as far as he is concerned the oncology nurses at Cabrini Brighton were heaven sent.

“Michelle was just fabulous in one of the worst jobs you could have. You are dealing with people who are eventually going to die of the disease. You are taking them and their family on a journey that you know is not going to end well. And she was just fantastic.

“And the nurses in oncology were unbelievable in what is the most horrendous and horrific experience you could go through. During the last few days of Carolyn’s life they were like angels.”

Francis’ wife Carolyn passed away at Cabrini Brighton following a 26 year battle with breast cancer. It was the outstanding treatment, care and compassion their family received at Cabrini that inspired Francis to leave a gift in his Will to the hospital.

“I was just unbelievably impressed over the five years she was receiving treatment at Cabrini,” said the father of two daughters and one grandchild.

“There was a consistency, in every way you were touched by the hospital. If you were waiting – the people at reception in how they dealt with you, the nurses were unbelievable, everybody we dealt with was extraordinary and that’s right from the early stage of treatment and setting up appointments.

“My experience could not be better. And I can tell you, I am the most difficult of consumers.”

Francis, a successful chairman of numerous organisations including Senetas, and a former partner in the leading law firm Galbally & O’Brien, would like his future gift used to advance cancer treatment and update equipment.

“I never thought of it as making a difference at all. I just thought of it as giving back to the institution that was absolutely fabulous.”

“The service was so good I wanted it to be in Carolyn’s memory and I think she was very appreciative as well.”