Garvan Breakthrough December 2019

A lifetime’s desire to help others has led Sid Lewis to become one of Garvan’s Partners for the Future. A loving legacy to last

Sid and Kit shared a deep love for each other and a love for our land and its people. After the sad passing of Kit in 2015, Sid knew that leaving a bequest to Garvan in his Will was an important way he could honour the memory of his beautiful wife, and provide a future gift back to the land and people they experienced together and loved so much. “It’s a revelation what’s occurring in the world of medical research and Aussies have always been unique in wanting to help each other out,” says Sid. “If other people are able to leave a bequest to Garvan as well, that legacy will continue on in a very meaningful way for so many people.” If you would like information about leaving a gift in your Will as a tribute to your loved ones, please contact Donna Mason, Bequest Manager on (02) 9295 8559, email or visit

Sid Lewis has always put others before himself. In 1942 at the age of 16, he joined the army by claiming he was 18 in order to serve his country. After being stationed in Papua New Guinea during World War Two, he joined the Army Reserve and spent 27 years in the 1/15 Lancers. This desire to help others is what led him to become one of Garvan’s Partners for the Future, in memory of his beloved wife Kit. Sid and Kit met on a blind date and were married for over 65 years. When Kit was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her 50s, Sid was highly involved in her care, learning all that he could to ensure her condition was properly managed. During his research and Kit’s treatments they were introduced to the Garvan Institute, and were highly impressed by the breakthrough work led by our scientists.  Kit and Sid fought hard against her diabetes for many years, including during their travels around Australia. Sid said the importance of medical research for all our community stood out to us during these times visiting remote areas. “I think of the hard conditions the people in remote Australia live in, and then I look at the other side of the coin, and think about the research Garvan does, and the potential that medical research has in helping not only people living in cities, but our people in the outback as well.”

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