Death breathes life into research

The loss of his daughter Fiona to asthma has led Roland Staniforth to set up a foundation. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d417191
The loss of his daughter Fiona to asthma has led Roland Staniforth to set up a foundation. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d417191

On New Year’s Eve in 2012, Fiona Staniforth was going to a party with friends and looking forward to her final year at Methodist Ladies’ College when she suffered a severe asthma attack and never regained consciousness.

Mr Staniforth, of Cottesloe, said his daughter’s death was a ‘complete and utter shock’, as she only had very mild childhood asthma.

He said participating in the Bike Hike for Asthma in March with fellow Coglioni Cycling Club members was one of many ways that those who loved Fiona came together to remember and honour her.

‘My wife Kath and I completed the 80km and our daughter Claire (19) rode the 30km from Joondalup with her friends,’ he said.

‘A group of Fiona’s friends and schoolmates also took part.’

Last week, the Coglioni Cycling Club exceeded its $15,000 fundraising goal for the Fiona Staniforth Research Award, and including the previous year, raised more than $45,000.

‘We have set up a research fund under the Fi Foundation with the Asthma Foundation WA and the money we raised last year is now helping two PhD students and honours students with their research into asthma,’ Mr Staniforth said.

‘Supporting these researchers will hopefully lead to findings and breakthroughs to end fatal asthma attacks.’

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