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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 me. Share this message. Donate. Thank You!

Our Impact

So far this year we helped provide...

202

Hours of research

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

Thank you to our Sponsors

$6k

Novartis Australia & New Zealand Pty Limited

2 weeks ago

$8

Anonymous

1 month ago

$317

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$317

Anonymous

2 months ago

$56

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$56

C Rodger

Off that sofa Bree!

2 months ago

$56

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$56

C Rodger

Go Matt! Fab cause

2 months ago

$53

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$53

Maude

Well done Matt, this is fantastic!

2 months ago

$11

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$11

Maryanne Pappas

Good stuff you amazing human! Keep going MP

2 months ago

$354

Alex Sharpe

2 months ago

$354

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$172

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$172

Alex Sharpe

2 months ago

$45

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$45

Anonymous

2 months ago

$110

Jeans For Genes

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2 months ago

$110

Matthew Pitcher

2 months ago

$5

Anonymous

2 months ago

$20

Briony Wijeyaratne

2 months ago

$5

Komali Koneru

2 months ago

$21

Allison Mcglinn

2 months ago

$56

Brady Bantick

Happy training Matthew!

2 months ago

$16

Anonymous

2 months ago

$54

Nina Cannard

Your doing wonderful things Matty ❤️

2 months ago

$53

Shaneo

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

2 months ago

$50

Anonymous

2 months ago

$47

Aurelie Freismuth

Go Matt!!

2 months ago

$21

Dianne And Peter Slaven

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

2 months ago

$56

Rebecca Sweet

2 months ago

$42

Sam Green

Awesome Matty P!! Love your work!!

2 months ago

$53

Mike Symons

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

2 months ago

$106

Jonny Ayres

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

2 months ago

$56

Mozhgan Beigi

Well done!

2 months ago

$16

Anonymous

2 months ago

$21

Jason Melbourne

2 months ago

$53

Anonymous

2 months ago

$110

Paulinq Lawson

2 months ago

$21

Allison Mcglinn

2 months ago

$32

Penny Horsfield

Congratulations on your amazing fundraising and running Novartis Team! - I can't wait for some rocky road!

2 months ago

$11

Menaka De Alwis

2 months ago

$5

Luke Pontifex

2 months ago

$5

Pranita Deshpande

2 months ago

$5

Christine Lim

2 months ago

$11

Jason Melbourne

2 months ago

$11

Sylvester Vellaithurai

Awesome Rocky Road Jen!

2 months ago

$56

Anonymous

GO TEAM!!

2 months ago

$91

Ganesh Hegde

2 months ago

$56

Amy Gye

2 months ago

$91

Byron Muntz

2 months ago

$52

Nicole Johnston

Go team!

2 months ago

$5

Achal D

Go genes therapy!

2 months ago

$5

Anonymous

2 months ago

$21

Jackie Megens

Well done Matt, great cause to get behind.

2 months ago

$56

Anonymous

Awesome work matt

2 months ago

$11

Anonymous

2 months ago

$5

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2 months ago

$5

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2 months ago

$5

Ravi Santani

2 months ago

$5

Anonymous

2 months ago

$10

Mikaila Bloomfield

2 months ago

$5

Anonymous

2 months ago

$56

Nick Riley

2 months ago

$40

Lizzie Tomlinson

<3

3 months ago

$21

Anonymous

Good luck

3 months ago

$30

Alex Lambert

On ya Bree! Awesome cause.

3 months ago

$56

Rebecca White

Great cause. Thanks Matt for your compassion

3 months ago

$21

Jinet Minasian

Good luck, Matthew!!

3 months ago

$56

Coreen Haddad

💙

3 months ago

$53

Nicky Mathieson

3 months ago

$110

Rock8 Science

Go Bree! Supporting you from afar (we won’t be in country), for such an important cause.

3 months ago

$89

Byron Muntz

Great stuff Mia!!

3 months ago

$27

Sylvester Vellaithurai

Awesome cause! Get out there and beat the cold!

3 months ago

$108

Mikaila Bloomfield

3 months ago

$55

Mia Mehr

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

$26

Luke Rodwell

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

3 months ago

$56

Lucy Jongma

3 months ago

$30

Karen Lee

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

3 months ago

$91

Josh Black

Go for it!

3 months ago

$21

Sarah Slaven

Great work MP !

3 months ago

$21

Louise Hart

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

3 months ago

$21

Michelle Weldon

Good for you Matt

3 months ago

$56

Alex Sharpe

3 months ago

$56

Clare Kemp

3 months ago

$56

Matthew Pitcher

3 months ago