When Michael Clohesy was four, his mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She underwent treatment but tragically passed away 12 months later, leaving behind her husband, as well as Michael and his two-year-old sister Marissa.
It was a devastating time for Michael and his family, but over the years he has observed that nobody really asked or talked about his loss.
‘Silence makes grief so much harder to process,’ he says. ‘Communication and information really help.’
He wishes his family had had the support of an organisation like BCNA at the time.
‘I think BCNA is wonderful at communicating with people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as the people around them,’ says Michael. ‘Having access to understanding and information may not change the outcome but it can make things easier.’
Michael now has two beautiful girls who keep him busy. He also runs his own highly successful Wills and Estates law firm, Clohesy Legal. Before he established the firm in 2013 he oversaw the Wills & Estates team at Slater & Gordon. He has also worked as a ‘Succession Law’ lecturer at Australian Catholic University and presented professional development lectures to other Wills & Estates lawyers.
Since losing his mum, Michael has wanted to give back in some way to others going through what his family has been through, so he’s now drawing on his experience and expertise in helping people with the often overwhelming, time-consuming and expensive task of getting their affairs in order.
‘I know a lot of people who put off doing their Will but it’s a great feeling once you know it’s done and you don’t have to worry about it anymore,’ he says.
Over the past couple of years, Michael has had the exciting opportunity to work for a new website called Gathered Here, which is designed to take the stress out of getting your affairs in order.
‘As part of this partnership, I am very excited to extend this online Will service to assist all BCNA members and donors to prepare their Will for free,’ says Michael. ‘Everyone should have a Will. It makes things so much easier and less stressful for the people you leave behind and, importantly, ensures your final wishes are fulfilled.’
The online Will provides an opportunity to prepare a free simple Will for your family and leave a bequest to BCNA if you so wish. If you have a more complex Will, Michael can assist you through the necessary steps to ensure your wishes are met.
If you are interested in learning more about leaving a gift in your Will to BCNA, or would like to take advantage of Michael’s offer, please contact BCNA’s National Manager Major Gifts, Gerrard Peck on mobile 0402 124 624, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All gifts make a difference and support Australians affected by breast cancer. If you are ready to take advantage of this useful service immediately, you can find the dedicated BCNA page on the Gathered Here website here.