Mesothelioma Research
Reflections is a not for profit reducing the impact of asbestos on the community. Areas of focus include:
  • raising funds for research into better treatment outcomes
  • increase awareness of the ongoing risk of asbestos exposure, and
  • supporting sufferers of asbestos-related disease including the terminal cancer, mesothelioma.
Rotary of Perth is spearheading the project, together with Foundation partners and other Rotary Clubs in our District. 

To find out more about the Reflections Through Reality Foundation and how to donate go to

The Reflections Through Reality Foundation has been established to allow individuals and organisations to donate directly to medical research that is being undertaken under the oversight of some of the world’s leading experts in mesothelioma research at the University of WA. These include 2013 WA Citizen of the Year Professor Bruce Robinson and Clinical Professor of Medicine Professor Bill Musk – who is also a Director on the Reflections Through Reality Foundation Board.

The Reflections Through Reality Foundation was founded in 2015 as a not-for-profit entity to facilitate the administration of the sale and proceeds of the Reflections Through Reality book, proceeds of which are directed to asbestos-related diseases research.

Our Objectives

  • promote medical research into asbestos-related diseases (ARD)
  • provide support and connections between fellow sufferers of ARD
  • network with like-minded organisations
  • create awareness of the inherent dangers of asbestos within the community


Reflections Through Reality Launch

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November 20, 2015                                        



Funding for research into the deadly, asbestos-related disease mesothelioma will receive a welcome boost following the launch today of the Reflections Through Reality Foundation.

Established by a survivor of the disease, Barry Knowles, the Foundation was officially launched by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson at a special lunch arranged by the Rotary Club of Perth which is partnering the Foundation in its cause.

Barry, a retired builder who defied the odds after being given only months to live when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010, told of his determination to fight the disease in his book, Reflections Through Reality, published earlier this year.

With the support of his family, the not-for-profit Foundation was established to help raise funds for research being undertaken at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Perth.

“Barry’s amazing story of survival and determination provides hope and inspiration to other victims of the disease,” said Barry’s daughter Jo Morris, the Foundation’s Operations Manager.

“But at the end of the day it’s only well-funded medical research which will eventually put an end to this insidious disease.”

One of those at the forefront of cancer research in WA, Professor Bruce Robinson, told the luncheon audience that mesothelioma research was heading towards “some exciting new directions”.

Prof Robinson, who is Director of the National Centre of Asbestos Related Disease, gave the audience an inspiring overview of the promising research being carried out and supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Rotary Club of Perth President, Graham Peden, said a number of Rotary clubs throughout the State had pledged to raise funds for the Foundation and help make a difference.

“Mesothelioma impacts more Western Australians per capita than anywhere else in the world and the numbers are on the rise,” he said.    

“Barry’s passion to see an end to the disease has become infectious and anything which will help prevent the loss of innocent lives here and throughout the world deserves our support.”