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Why I’m doing Jeans for Genes

I care about the 1 in 20 Aussie kids who face a birth defect or genetic disease. That’s one in every classroom, maybe someone you know or love. Every day, many of these kids wake up to pills, injections, hospital visits (or worse). They never get the chance to run around and just be kids. If they can endure that, and keep smiling, then the least I can do is fight alongside them. That’s why I’m doing Jeans for Genes and raising money for Children’s Medical Research Institute. I want to give these kids better treatments and maybe even a cure.

I’ve signed up to Wear Jeans, so I can raise awareness and start the conversation—we need to do all we can to help save more kids’ lives. Can you help by sharing this message with the people you know and asking them to donate too? I (and millions of Aussie kids) thank you for it!

Here's just one example of how, together, we can change things:

When Kalarny was born, he couldn’t hold his head up. He couldn’t move. He was fighting just to breathe. He was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), and his parents were told he wouldn’t survive to his first birthday. Thanks to research, he survived, but he needs regular spinal injections and a wheelchair to get around. If he’d been born just a few years later, he could have received gene therapy. Infants treated with just one injection of gene therapy seem to be cured. It’s early days, but signs indicate that they will go on to lead normal, healthy lives. It’s so effective, SMA has been added to newborn screening and the gene therapy treatment is covered by PBS. A disease that was incurable, a death sentence, just a few years ago, is now curable. Amazing. That’s what I want for more kids and more of the 6000 genetic diseases out there.

You might think you won’t need this research, that it’s not personal, but genetic diseases are a ticking timebomb. Most families don’t know they carry the gene for a disease, and many genetic diseases are not even inherited—they happen randomly, out of the blue. Like Kalarny’s. Like cancer. Most people don’t know that cancer is caused by changes in genes—but almost everyone will be touched by it. So, the research you and I support today may one day help someone we know, someone in our family.

There’s lots of work to do, but there is also lots of hope.

Join me. Share this message. Donate. Thank You!

My Impact

So far this year I helped provide...

71

Hours of research

For every $50 raised, one hour of research is funded

Funds raised over the years

Biggest Donor

Jean-ius Donor

$350

Thank you so much to my biggest supporter, Kellie Mason, for donating an incredible $350 to help fund vital research into curing children’s genetic diseases.

Thank you to our Sponsors

$56

Angela Scott

Well done Archer!! Keep up the amazing work you are doing.

1 day ago

$91

Bianca Brady

2 weeks ago

$52

Tamara Angel

3 weeks ago

$110

Croker Family

1 month ago

$110

Doug Caldwell

2 months ago

$91

Jenny Thompson

Happy 50th

2 months ago

$110

Marliese And John Heffernan

Happy Birthday James! We had an amazing time at your party! 🎉

2 months ago

$55

Craig And Tracey Jones

Happy Birthday

2 months ago

$106

David And Kate Curran

We are grateful to have been included in your 50th birthday celebrations!

2 months ago

$104

Glenn And Kerri Calverley

Happy Birthday Yuc! Love the Calverley’s

2 months ago

$110

Scott And Amber Hillam

2 months ago

$110

Molineux Family

Great job Archer!

2 months ago

$135

Kate Sharman

3 months ago

$106

Jack And Will Smirl

Happy 50 th Birthday James Lots of Love The Smirls

3 months ago

$104

George & Camille

3 months ago

$89

Andrew &fiona Hamilton

3 months ago

$110

James & Sarah

Happy Birthday James Love Sarah & James

3 months ago

$110

Joe And Elissa Drew

Happy birthday King! Great gift idea❤

3 months ago

$150

Andrew And Lisa Oliver

Happy birthday James, we hope your night doesn’t get too ‘wild’. From the Olivers

3 months ago

$110

Bernard & Samantha Star

3 months ago

$54

Tom De Mattia

3 months ago

$350

Kellie Mason

Happy Birthday Brades! Looking forward to celebrating with you tonight. Maso, Lando, Ray Meagher, Tommy C, Lachie Roche, Sutto and Shep

3 months ago

$150

Becci And Steve Brabin

Happy birthday James

3 months ago

$110

Alicia & Adam White

3 months ago

$56

Ged Ryan

3 months ago

$91

Jules And Rob Ramsay

Good job Archer!

3 months ago

$211

David Spencer

3 months ago

$105

James Meckiff & Katie Last

Good job Archer!

3 months ago

$56

Kirsty Pockley

3 months ago

$108

Deanna Austin

4 months ago

$110

Karen Coe

4 months ago

$56

Aaron James

4 months ago

$91

Matt Hocking

Always happy to support a good cause, especially for a legend of a kid!

4 months ago