• Your Impact

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, it’s a frightening reality that 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.* 

Significant investment in life-saving cancer research is the only way that these statistics are going to change

Since 2006, Smiddy riders, triathletes, swimmers and supporters, just like you, have raised more than $9 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.

Together you’ve funded:

  • research into improved cancer detection and diagnostic tools;
  • projects which are already improving treatment options and outcomes for cancer patients; and
  • additional support and care services for people living with cancer.

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 $1 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.

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?


*Source: www.aihw.gov.au/cancer  


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