Mark Skinner

Randall Otto

November 19, 1962 – November 1, 2020

Quite simply, Randall loved his life. He loved fishing off Fraser Island and the Sandy Straits, going on travelling adventures across Australia, eating and drinking (always eating seconds or thirds), and his mates more than anything. Having a laugh, watching sport, and listening to music were his next favourite past times.

He was the storyteller in our family and had a fantastic loud and booming voice and laugh.

He was a good, simple man who was loved, well-respected, and adored by his family, friends, and colleagues.

Randall was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on 12th September 2019. He was initially given 6 weeks to 3 months to live.

The diagnosis was a shock to say the least. But he never once complained. He maintained a positive, hopeful outlook and took to entertaining the medical staff in Hervey Bay and Brisbane.

Randall was hopeful of getting a few more years but that wasn’t to be – he succumbed to the disease on 1 November 2020.

Although positive, Randall knew the seriousness of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and he knew the importance of research, particularly for this disease. He was hopeful of being able to participate in a clinical trial but that wasn’t to be either.

He admired the work of Professor Rasko and his team. That’s why Cure the Future has been selected as our charity of choice – to give hope to pancreatic cancer patients and their families of finding a cure for this cruel disease.