Sunday's clash with Richmond will mark the eighth Maddie’s Match, aiming to raise funds and awareness of Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS).
Maddie’s Match was first introduced to the Saints’ calendar in 2015 following the passing of Maddie Riewoldt.
The sister of club great Nick, Maddie succumbed to a BMFS called Aplastic Anaemia after a five-year battle.
Maddie’s lasting wish was that no other family would go through what the Riewoldts did, and thus Maddie’s Riewoldt’s Vision (MRV) was born.
Since 2015, MRV has committed more than $8.7m to research and funded 36 cutting-edge medical research projects including two clinical trials, and provided support to patients and families across Australia through its Telehealth Nurse Service.
Click here to learn more about Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision or to donate.
About Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes:
- Every three days an Australian is diagnosed with a Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome, and tragically 50 per cent will not survive.
- Thousands more are living with complex health issues, and many will develop related conditions such as cancer.
- Bone marrow is our blood cell factory. When our bone marrow fails, our body is unable to produce healthy blood cells, causing life-threatening disruptions to our health.
- Sadly, treatments are inadequate, and the only potential cure is a bone marrow transplantation which has serious risks.
- Patients diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes and their families find there are limited treatment and support options available. That’s why Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is here.