In February, 2015, Madeleine Riewoldt, 26, sister to St Kilda (Australian Football League) Captain, Nick Riewoldt, tragically passed away from the rare bone marrow disease, aplastic anaemia, after a gruelling six year battle. Maddies’s story.
Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome (BMFS) is a collection of medical conditions in which the bone marrow stops working, resulting in blood-related abnormalities common among adolescents and young adults.
‘Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision,’ was established to support adolescents and young adults living with BMFS, and to raise awareness of, and funds for the development of preventative treatments, in order to ultimately find a cure.
The Foundation – an initiative of the Riewoldt family and the Snowdome Foundation – is the only Australian BMFS organisation focusing on adolescents and young adults.
Nick Riewoldt said the Foundation was Maddie’s vision, to raise awareness of BMFS and to support adolescents and young adults living with the disease.
“Maddie didn’t, and we certainly don’t want, to see any other people go through what Maddie did.
“From today, with your support, we hope that will become a reality,” said Nick.
The Foundation’s first fundraiser will be ‘Maddie’s Match,’ the Round 16 clash between St Kilda and Richmond at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, July 19, 2015. The Foundation will receive $5 from every ticket sold at the match, and is calling for fans to done purple – Maddie’s favourite colour – that day.
According to Nick, Maddie’s passion for sport spearheaded the concept for the Foundation’s first fundraiser.
“Maddie loved sport so much. So it’s fitting we’re able to use this game as a platform to raise awareness and money for bone marrow failure syndrome.”
To donate or learn more about ‘Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision’, head to www.mrv.org.au