Joe & Fiona Riewoldt

Founders of Maddie Riewoldt's Vision

TASNomineeAustralian of the Year2021

On 24 February 2015, Joe and Fiona Riewoldt lost their 26-year-old daughter Maddie to aplastic anaemia, a bone-marrow failure syndrome. Five short months later, with sons Nick and Alex, they founded Maddie Riewoldt's Vision (MRV) to honour Maddie’s legacy. MVR funds medical research towards a cure for bone-marrow failure syndromes and acts as a voice for the fifty per cent of young Australians who do not survive their fight.

In 2018, Joe and Fiona secured Victorian State Government funding to establish the Asia Pacific region’s first National Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology, a centralised contact point for researchers. The centre has provided much-needed infrastructure for the nationwide effort towards finding a cure. Since then, they have also secured two federal government grants through the Medical Research Future Fund which have funded the first clinical trials.

Since 2015, MRV has raised more than $9 million to fight bone marrow failure syndromes, including funding 24 critical research projects.