Maddie Riewoldt was just 26 years old when she died of complications of a Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome called Aplastic Anaemia. She was diagnosed at 21 years and for five tough years, she put up a brave fight.
She spent those years enduring several bone marrow transplants, hundreds of blood transfusions and ongoing treatments.
Throughout her life and prior to her diagnosis, Maddie was known a talented sportswoman, passionate about Soccer, Cricket, surf lifesaving and AFL. She was known to be vocal about her frustrations with the pathways for talented women in sport at the time.
Maddie was fiercely devoted and loyal to her family (and dog, Oscar) and asked them to make her a promise when her fight was ending in February, 2015.
Formed in June 2015 by the Riewoldt family, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision funds vital research that accelerates next generation prevention, diagnosis, and treatments of Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes, while providing support, guidance and resources to patients and their families.
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.