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Imagine hearing the words ‘you have cancer’.

They’re three small words but they can have a huge impact—on the person diagnosed, as well as their family and friends.

Heartbreakingly, each and every day in Queensland around 70 people and their families are blindsided by a cancer diagnosis.* That’s almost three people every hour.

It affects mums, dads, brothers, sisters and children—each and every one of us will be touched by cancer in our lifetime.

And we don’t know about you, but we’re pretty adamant that something has to change. We need to play our part in the fight against cancer.

Since 2006, Smiddy riders, triathletes, swimmers and supporters, just like you, have raised over $7 million for cancer research at Mater. These funds have already helped enable some of the breakthrough research discoveries that have the potential to change, and save people’s lives.

But much like any Smiddy event, it’s a long, hard road to fight cancer … and we still need your help.


This year, with your support, we want to raise over $1.3 million for Mater Research—our world-class institute that’s investing in some very promising work in the cancer space.

The money you raise will go towards funding a range of potentially life-changing projects for those suffering from melanoma, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer. And it will contribute to the impact of global research by funding key collaborations with researchers in Queensland and around the world.

When 26-year–old Adam Smiddy passed away from an aggressive melanoma in 2006 his mates made a pledge. They placed a stake in the ground and committed to the long, hard road to fight cancer.

And ten years later the Smiling for Smiddy legacy continues because of you.

It’s a long, hard road to fight cancer, but we know you’re up for the challenge.

Are you in?


The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.