Our Patrons

Phil Sly – Emeritus Patron of Courage

Phil Sly is an entrepreneur, building developer, passionate racehorse owner, philanthropist and cancer survivor. He is also a father, grandfather, husband and a man who gives value to the lives of others.

More than a decade ago he lost his wife Kerry to cancer, and was left to raise two young children, which he has raised wonderfully well. In 2011 he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer that had spread to the liver. His prognosis was poor. Since that time he has had multiple operations and endless rounds of chemotherapy.

The cancer keeps coming back, but the determination and spirit of Phil to fight it remains strong, despite the physical impact of the disease and its treatment. His courage and never-give-up attitude has been an inspiration to those around him and other patients far and wide. His short video provides us with a small glance of his fighting spirit.

Phil Sly’s association with Pancare Foundation started in 2011 when treated for his liver tumours. He shared in his surgeon’s dream that all patients with pancreatic, liver, biliary, oesophageal and stomach cancer should have the right to receive the best possible treatment available anywhere in the world, with the goal of improving and saving lives.

Since that time Phil’s vision and support have been instrumental in taking the Pancare Foundation from infancy to a nationally recognised organisation. A key supporter in various capacities, including serving on the Board of directors and helping to create a multifaceted team, Phil has continued to be an advocate for the organisation, in particular its goal to foster world-class research, through his media relations in the horse racing industry both in Australia and in Japan and through various fundraising events.

He has enabled the establishment of several important project grants and an ongoing research scholarship that bears his name, the Phil Sly Pancare Foundation Scholarship. He has had a tremendous impact on the organisation creating a movement with his ever-growing supporters, who actively help in various ways to improve the outcomes for cancer patients.

The Pancare Foundation is grateful for Phil giving his voice to our organisation, during his continued battle with cancer. His generosity, passion and inspirational approach to life that he shares is a gift to us all and serves to empower others fighting the battle with cancers.

Pancare inspires to the words of Phil Sly when he says “it takes more energy making excuses than finding the answers”.

At the Pancare Foundation, with the support of this courageous individual we are working hard to find the answers and making a difference in the lives of those affected by pancreatic, liver, biliary oesophageal and stomach cancers.


Janet McCaughey – Patron of Hope & Support

Pancare Foundation is privileged to have Janet McCaughey as our inaugural Patron of Hope and Support.  Janet’s association with Pancare Foundation started in 2011, as her partner Phil Sly was being treated for cancer.  Her support and passion without any doubt contributed to her partner’s success in living life to the fullest, throughout his battle with cancer. Janet has shared in her partner’s vision to help Pancare increase survival and improve the lives of those affected by pancreatic, liver, biliary, oesophageal and stomach cancers.  She understands the need to have a positive attitude and provide hope and support in order to achieve the best outcomes for patients and families affected by these cancers.  She has a desire and passion to help others where possible and has an important role in the organisation to raise awareness and be involved in fund-raising endeavours.

Janet has had a successful professional career with over 28 years’ experience in Australia and overseas in both retail and institutional stockbroking. Her passion and energy has led her to pursue various charity and volunteer roles focused on children with illness and disability, marginalised women and now with Pancare Foundation working to help those affected by pancreatic, liver, biliary, oesophageal and stomach cancer. Pancare Foundation is grateful for Janet providing her voice to the organisation, particularly highlighting the important role of carers in providing hope and support for patients affected by these cancers.

Janet McCaughey leads Pancare’s newly established Womens Advisory Network – which engages with high profile women across Victoria to provide assistance and direction with our fundraising initiatives.

She has a long history of facilitating successful women’s networking and fundraising events including for the Stockbrokers Association of Australia.