A rose for cancer research

15 July 2019

When Ken Cooper lost his wife Susan to cancer, he created a new rose dedicated to Susan's memory.

Working with Swane's Nurseries, Ken searched through nearly 400 potential new roses which could bear her name.

"There was one that I thought was absolutely Susan. When I showed it to our children, they said, 'That's Mum.' It is a very beautiful rose that subtly changes colour over time, and it has this wonderful fragrance."

For every Susan Cooper Rose sold, the family will donate ten dollars to the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at ANU.

"It felt like a good way to honour Susan, and bring attention and funding to the JCSMR. I hope it will help to build a groundswell of interest in the research currently being carried out at this world-class institution."

Susan Cooper Rose is stocked at the Swanes Nurseries.

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