‘Maddie’s Match’ at Etihad Stadium on Sunday 19 July was an example of the might of the AFL community who showed their best colours (again) by turning out in droves. A bumper crowd of over 45,000 purple-wearing supporters (Maddie’s favourite colour) turned out on a beautifully sunny winter’s afternoon to support Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision. The money raised from ticket sales, auction items, merchandising and donations will be immediately directed towards helping adolescents and young adults suffering from Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes through research and providing support into treatments, prevention and with an aim to finding a cure. Total funds raised is not yet known.
Snowdome are so proud to be aligned with Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision. http://snowdome.org.au/maddie-riewoldts-vision/
About Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision:-
There are no words on a page that can do justice to Madeleine Riewoldt’s life. It’s almost as if she knew she wouldn’t be here for long, and burned brighter because of it.
Maddie never did anything by half, and it was the simple things that gave her most joy; family, sport, friends, weekends at the beach. But with as much passion as she loved life, she hated being controlled by this Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome.
Bone marrow is an organ in the body that keeps your blood healthy; producing red and white blood cells and platelets that carry oxygen around your body and help fight disease. When you have a Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome your bone marrow stops producing and it’s only through repeated blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants that people can hope to survive.
For 5 long years Maddie fought this disease bravely. Everyone around her was amazed at how she would fight and the depths of her resilience. And because of this, we always thought she would beat it.
In the end, when Maddie knew her fight was ending, she just wanted to make sure her suffering would make a difference. Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is that difference. Our organisation has been created to support the understanding of Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes and to help those suffering from the disease and continue towards our ultimate goal – finding the cure.
Maddie fought her battle with inspiring determination and courage. It’s now up to us to put our heads down and lift our hearts and #FightLikeMaddie
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision has been established to help adolescents and young adults suffering from Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes through research and providing support into treatments, prevention and with an aim to finding a cure.