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The TLR Foundation

The TLR Foundation


The TLR Foundation is on a mission to educate Australia about donating bone marrow/stem cells and encourage more people to sign up to the donor register and potentially save someone's life. 

TLR also wants to support those nurses caring for those being treated for blood cancers, disorders and other diseases treatable with a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. Our support comes in the form of Nursing Scholarships to help pay for their higher education to show our love and appreciation for all they do.

Set up in memory of Trace Lee Richey, the TLR Foundation aims to give hope to patients just like him whose only chance is a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.  

Trace was the most adorable, charismatic and charming guy, with a contagious laugh and a cheeky smile. He was a fun-loving man who lit up the room wherever he went. He had a heart of gold and a tremendous passion for helping others. In his professional life he was a dedicated fundraiser working for a variety of charities including the Santa Barbara Rehabilitation Institute, San Diego Hospice Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. His fundraising career continued after moving to Australia working for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and finally Mission Australia.

In 2013 Trace was diagnosed with MDS - Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a disease which stops bone marrow making healthy blood cells.  After several rounds of chemotherapy, it was determined his only option was to have a Bone Marrow Transplant, so in February 2015 he checked into St. Vincent’s Hospital. From the day he arrived, Trace tried to put a smile on everyone’s face, impressing the people around him with his humour, his strength and resilience, courage and determination. Tragically he succumbed to severe GvHD (Graft vs Host Disease) after nothing short of an heroic and inspirational battle. Trace was deeply touched by the tireless and loving care he received from the Nurses and would be incredibly proud that his legacy includes Nursing scholarships awarded in his name.

If there were a better Bone Marrow match out there for Trace, he may still be with us. This is the main inspiration for the TLR Foundation. The more people on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) the greater the chance of finding a match. The easier it is to get tested, the more people there will be on the Registry.

Your donation will help the TLR Foundation promote bone marrow/stem cell donation across Australia and increase the chance of someone finding a match.  It will also help those wonderful souls who choose to care for patients having to go through this most confronting of treatments by providing higher education opportunities they may not otherwise be able to pursue.

Love ewes xx

The TLR Team

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