Matthew Pitcher

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Why I’m doing Jeans for Genes’ Sofa to 6k

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 Sofa to 6km, 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...

39

Hours of research

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

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Maude

Well done Matt, this is fantastic!

2 months ago

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Maryanne Pappas

Good stuff you amazing human! Keep going MP

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Matthew Pitcher

2 months ago

$56

Brady Bantick

Happy training Matthew!

2 months ago

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Nina Cannard

Your doing wonderful things Matty ❤️

2 months ago

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Shaneo

Awesome job, for an awesome cause, from an awesome bloke!

2 months ago

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Aurelie Freismuth

Go Matt!!

2 months ago

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Dianne And Peter Slaven

Hi Matthew such a good cause well done Di and pete x

2 months ago

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Rebecca Sweet

2 months ago

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Sam Green

Awesome Matty P!! Love your work!!

2 months ago

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Mike Symons

Great work Matt, hope you smash your target 🤩👍🫶

2 months ago

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Jonny Ayres

RUN LIKE YOURE BEING CHASED BY THE OLD WOMAN FROM 'X' HOLDING A PITCHFORK !!

2 months ago

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Jackie Megens

Well done Matt, great cause to get behind.

2 months ago

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Anonymous

Awesome work matt

2 months ago

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Lizzie Tomlinson

<3

3 months ago

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Rebecca White

Great cause. Thanks Matt for your compassion

3 months ago

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Jinet Minasian

Good luck, Matthew!!

3 months ago

$56

Coreen Haddad

💙

3 months ago

$50

Leah Jacobsen

3 months ago

$55

Merlene Dilger

Watch out - you'll get the running bug if you're not careful!

3 months ago

$56

Claire & Aj Fite

💕💕💕

3 months ago

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Luke Rodwell

Pitching in for Pitcher!! (Who’s pitching in for the kids)

3 months ago

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Karen Lee

Go Matt! What a great cause. You are such an inspiration.

3 months ago

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Josh Black

Go for it!

3 months ago

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Sarah Slaven

Great work MP !

3 months ago

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Louise Hart

Hi Matty. Hope you do well in your charitable endeavour. Good luck!

3 months ago

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Michelle Weldon

Good for you Matt

3 months ago

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Matthew Pitcher

3 months ago