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Why we're doing Jeans for Genes’ Sofa to 6k

Our team cares 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 don't get the chance to run around and just be kids. If they can endure that, and keep smiling, then the least we can do is fight alongside them. That's why we're doing Jeans for Genes and raising money for Children's Medical Research Institute. We want to give these kids better treatments and maybe even a cure.

We’ve signed up to Sofa to 6K, so we 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? We (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. An incurable disease just a few years ago, is now curable. Amazing. That’s what we want for more kids and more of the 6000 genetic diseases out there.

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

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

Our Impact

So far this year we helped provide...

184

Hours of research

For every $55 raised, one hour of research is funded

Thank you to our Sponsors

$5.72k

Rob Regan

1 month ago

$107

Murli Viswanathan

1 month ago

$11

Elizabeth Na

1 month ago

$11

Elizabeth Na

1 month ago

$53

Denise Van Der Westhuizen

Well done Nereshnee, and Benjamin in supporting role :)!

1 month ago

$56

Jonny Hunter

1 month ago

$26

Grace Herraghty

Best of luck in the City2surf Alex

2 months ago

$26

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$26

Prashansa

2 months ago

$89

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$89

Hannah Drover

Awesome job team!

2 months ago

$55

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$55

Grace Herraghty

Congratulations Andrew on completing the challenge

2 months ago

$56

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$56

Michele Jardim

2 months ago

$11

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$11

Sia Tuineau

2 months ago

$11

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$11

Sia Tuineau

2 months ago

$53

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$53

Holly Mclean

2 months ago

$47

Jeans For Genes

Your donation has been doubled

2 months ago

$47

Alex Reeman-clark

2 months ago

$21

Tara S

Run Felicity, run! Well done babe xx

2 months ago

$56

Reema Sehgal

Good going Alex!

2 months ago

$55

Linda Seng

Love your work Christine!

2 months ago

$56

Melanie Dolman

Excellent effort x

2 months ago

$26

Pen North

2 months ago

$26

Pen North

2 months ago

$21

Pen North

2 months ago

$21

Ahmed El Rakshy

Great effort for a great cause. Good luck.

2 months ago

$21

Fari

All the best !!

2 months ago

$29

Trong Bui

Hi madam

2 months ago

$56

Fran Adema

Good on you 👏🏻

2 months ago

$106

Rob Regan

2 months ago

$53

Davif

2 months ago

$110

Hels

2 months ago

$53

Jack Boswell

2 months ago

$26

Anonymous

2 months ago

$11

Sean

2 months ago

$11

Sean

2 months ago

$21

John Telios

Great effort Andrew

2 months ago

$56

Anne Parsons

Go for it !

2 months ago

$10

Teresa Phung

Hi Felicity, well done for taking the challenge, good luck!

2 months ago

$21

John Telios

Great cause Alex

2 months ago

$21

John Telios

Great cause Michele

2 months ago

$56

Bec Cusack

Great work Andy, a very important cause close to my heart.

2 months ago

$40

Kerri W

Well done Nereshnee!

2 months ago

$21

Lily Cheng

2 months ago

$55

Fatima Reyes

All the best, Nereshnee!

2 months ago

$21

Rowena Manalo

Run, Felicity. Run! :)

2 months ago

$30

Liz Ward

Sharing the load - you do the running, I'll do the sofa!

2 months ago

$21

Tiff And Raf

Onya honey!! Looks like you’re going great guns on the fund raising! Certainly not easy getting into running in winter! Xx

2 months ago

$41

Kate Flindall

Good job..keep on running 🏃

2 months ago

$105

John Grice-pym

2 months ago

$110

Rach Williams

Nice one Andy!!

2 months ago

$53

Aaron Stinson

Good on you Andy! Cheers, aS

2 months ago

$56

Diana

2 months ago

$56

Diane Christensen

2 months ago

$104

Monika Branagan

Happy to support a great guy and a great charity!

2 months ago

$87

Julie Phung

Goooo Michele!! Love your energy x

2 months ago

$31

Tc

Good on you Andy! X

2 months ago

$32

John Telios

2 months ago

$11

Anonymous

2 months ago

$26

Dianne Short

2 months ago

$42

Derek Milligan

2 months ago

$89

Colin Brennan

Proud of you babe!

2 months ago

$11

Zoe Swinton

Good luck Christine :)

2 months ago

$91

Margaret Garnam

2 months ago

$21

Pen North

Run Nereshnee! Run! :)

2 months ago

$11

Zoe Swinton

Good luck Felicity!!

2 months ago

$16

Anonymous

2 months ago

$52

Daniel Herrmann

2 months ago

$56

Christine Brennan

2 months ago

$20

Kimberley Zerella

2 months ago

$55

Sim Saens

❤️

2 months ago

$56

Anonymous

2 months ago

$53

Brandon

Good on you!

2 months ago

$50

Nicole S

All the best mum, good on you

2 months ago

$42

Andrea Parsons

2 months ago

$53

Anonymous

2 months ago

$101

Panduka De

Nice work babes! Keep it up 😘👍

2 months ago

$56

Corrina R

Run like the wind Felic! Go girl! xx

2 months ago

$21

Kowthami Purusothaman

Run baby Run!

2 months ago

$56

Gobi Muthusamy

Good luck Nesh!

2 months ago

$31

Umanga Kahandawaarachchi

Keep it up, Nesh!!! love from Umanga

2 months ago

$42

Susan Essau

With love from Susan and Nesh

2 months ago

$106

Nesh And Susan

Susan and Nesh

2 months ago

$21

Umanga Kahandawaarachchi

2 months ago

$21

Cheeky Cherry

What a worthy cause. Best of luck with this Felicity…

2 months ago

$16

Kylie

Go Joao!!

3 months ago

$16

Kylie

Go V!

3 months ago

$56

Vaiva Klumbyte

3 months ago

$53

Katherine Ryan

3 months ago

$55

Diana Tantaeva

3 months ago

$21

Sally Asbanu

3 months ago

$32

Claire

3 months ago

$108

Adam Riddell

3 months ago

$60

Andrew Knight

3 months ago