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* Maddie's Match | Saints v Tigers *
Saints v Tigers | Friday July 20, 2018 - Etihad Stadium 'MATCH IT' FOR MADDIE ON JULY 20TH TO FIND A CURE FOR BONE MARROW FAILURE We invite all football supporters to support Maddie's Match between St Kilda and Richmond (Round 18) at Etihad Stadium on Friday 20th July for Maddie Riewoldt's Vision. Maddie Riewoldt's Vision Bone marrow failure syndrome #FightLikeMaddie Donate at mrv.org.au ETIHAD STADIUM ONLINE AUCTION Etihad Stadium, with its partners, are holding an online auction to raise funds for Maddie Riewoldt's Vision. By clicking on the image below, you will find some amazing auction items including 2017 Richmond team signed home guernsey, a fully catered Corporate Suite for 12 at Maddie's Match plus more! ABOUT MADDIE RIEWOLDT'S VISION Maddie Riewoldt's Vision is dedicated to finding a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome (BMFS) and was founded by the Riewoldt family following Maddie's tragic death in February, 2015. Maddie Riewoldt's Vision has been a galvanizing force in elevating awareness and raising substantial funds towards purposefully identifying and supporting the best researchers in Victoria. BMFS mainly affects young people, like Maddie, aged 17 to 40. About 160 young Australians are diagnosed with the syndrome every year. Sadly, more than half will die from the disease. ABOUT BONE MARROW FAILURE Bone Marrow Failure is complicated so it's often misunderstood by the public and research into Bone Marrow Failure is grossly underfunded. Bone Marrow Failure is more common among adolescents and young adults aged 17 - 40 and cruelly impacts the lives of those living with the condition every single day. Professor David Ritchie, a Haematologist and Bone Marrow transplant specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and Royal Children's Hospital is also a Board Member of Maddie Riewoldt's Vision and Maddie's doctor for her seven months in hospital explains: "Put simply, the bone marrow is a complex organ and one that is as vital and as critical as the heart. Bone Marrow Failure syndromes are a collection of medical conditions where the bone marrow stops working - resulting in abnormalities of the blood including severe anaemia, increased risk of severe infections and bleeding. All Bone Marrow Failure syndromes are due to a failure of the bone marrow stem cells and may be acquired (affecting a previously normal marrow) or inherited. Bone Marrow Failure syndromes occur when the bone marrow cells have been damaged or have been attacked by the immune system."
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