It’s in giving that we receive

December 17, 2018
Personal Stories

When Michael Quigley, a retired telecommunications engineer and CEO of NBN Co. for its first four years, re-joined the Arrow board – it was to take on a new challenge.

After a successful 35-year career in the global telecommunications industry Michael is no stranger to problem solving, a skill that’s essential for the ongoing success of medical research.

Michael turned his attention to the challenges facing medical researchers after receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 1991. He went on to serve as the COO of French telecoms giant Alcatel.

Michael had always been interested in medical science and medical research, and his experience as a patient was the catalyst for joining the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant board and later becoming its President until he took up responsibilities for Alcatel in the US in the late 1990s.

On returning home to run the National Broadband Network, Michael donated $2 million (his first year’s salary) to NeuRA, explaining in an interview with The Australian that he is a “true believer in what true science can do for society.”

He said “Any one of us can succumb to these diseases and I think as a society we only advance by understanding science and then finding the technologies that spin out of that. I was a direct recipient of that process, and I wouldn’t be here if people didn’t pump money into leukaemia research 20 and 30 years ago.”

Thanks to Michael and the many others who have funded bone marrow and stem cell transplant research over the years, patients diagnosed today are more likely to respond to transplants; and the complications of unrelated donor transplants have also decreased, according to the Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry.

Michael has shown that it’s in giving that we receive, having again proved the importance of medical research after successfully undergoing a second bone marrow transplant for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia early this year. He has since re-joined the Arrow board, and very generously donated $1 million in support of the critical work undertaken by Professor David Ma and his team at the Blood Stem Cell and Cancer Research Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

Michael said, “My wife and I are pleased to be able to assist Professor Ma and his team. Their dedication to medical research and medical education ultimately impacts in a positive way on the lives of patients and their families”

Medical research takes time and commitment. It’s taken decades to make bone marrow transplants available to patients with auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and other blood diseases, and we need your help to further improve outcomes for future patients.

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