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Dr Ken Rowe
Tuesday 17 February 2009
The recent Victorian bushfires have touched virtually every Australian in one way or another.
However, ME/CFS Australia (Victoria) has been directly affected.
Marysville resident Dr Ken Rowe (pictured), husband of Victorian member Dr Kathy Rowe, had been missing since last Wednesday. Family and friends feared for Ken’s safety, but their worst fears were realised when it was confirmed that Ken had died in the fires.
Ken provided the statistical analysis behind Kathy’s work at the Royal Children's Hospital to demonstrate that ME/CFS is a reality for teenagers. (Those of you with long memories will remember that prior to this work, there was a strong medical position that ME/CFS did not affect children – thanks to Ken, that view changed.)
Our thoughts are with not only Kathy for her loss, but also everyone who has lost loved ones as a result of the bushfires.
National tragedies affect us all.
A Thanksgiving Service celebrating the life of Dr Ken Rowe will be held at Wattle Park Chapel, 234 Elgar Road, Box Hill South at 10.30am today (Tuesday 17 February 2009).
Update (3:15pm, 17/02/09): The Thanksgiving Service mentioned above was reported in today’s edition of The Age:
“Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Melbourne's east to farewell Dr Ken Rowe, who fell victim to the bushfires which raged through Marysville on Black Saturday.”
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