Elena’s MS Legacy: A Gift for Care and a Cure

25 July 2023


Born in September 1949, Elena Canu grew up in Northern NSW. A much-loved daughter to parents who had migrated from Sardinia, Italy. Elena enjoyed a very happy childhood spent outdoors.

As a young woman, she went on to build her career in the Australian television industry, which included roles as a film librarian, a studio director and a producer.

Many of her colleagues will remember her as “Paddles”, a nickname Elena developed whilst working at Channel Nine, Sydney. This affection shown by her colleagues reflects the deep care Elena had for her friends and family throughout her life.

Elena was very grateful for the support she received from MS Plus, having lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 30 years. She was long aware of MS due to its prevalence in Sardinia. Here the existence MS is significantly higher than in neighbouring Mediterranean regions.

When writing her Will, she found it very easy to help a cause that was so close to her heart. Elena was greatly appreciative of the help and support received from the MS organisations on her difficult journey with MS and the support and care made to her life.

As a legacy, she thoughtfully wanted to help others in the same caring way that she was helped.

Elena’s life was cut short, however, she continues to live on via this loving legacy. This very generous gift is helping to fund crucial research and lead to better lives for those living with MS.

“By leaving a gift in her Will to MS, Elena’s caring nature continues” say her sisters Rina and Antonietta, and brothers Mario and Frank.

Elena knew that you don’t have to be super wealthy to leave a gift in your Will, and that nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, she understood how that one final gift, no matter how big or small, can make a difference.

Elena was passionate about trying to find a cure for MS and told her family that it was her decision to support MS research in her Will. MS Plus honoured Elena’s wishes allocating that gift for MS research, ultimately helping to fast-track a cure for MS.

Elena’s legacy is inscribed in our MS Plus Celebration of Life Book.

Today, Elena continues her life legacy and is standing together with those whose journey she well understood. She wanted to protect future generations from MS.

After including family and friends, people living with MS are extremely grateful for your thoughtfulness and love. Whatever the amount, even 1% of what is left makes a difference. You will fast-track a cure for MS, care until we’re there.

Ask Laura or Rebecca at MS Plus. Call 1800 443 867, email or visit My MS Legacy.


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Elena’s MS Legacy: A Gift for Care and a Cure