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Bloody Long Run to help find a cure

PARTICIPANTS in the Bloody Long Run crossed the finish line at the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research to raise approximately $40,000 for the Alex Gadomski Fellowship.

A team of eight ran 300 kilometres in three days from Eddystone Point and were joined by Menzies Institute researchers for the last leg of the journey.

The Alex Gadomski Fellowship was created in 2018, in collaboration with Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision.

It was established by the Gadomski family to honour the life of Alex Gadomski, who died at the age of 21 from bone marrow failure.

“My brother Jordan and I came up with the idea to do the run to raise money,” Alex’s brother Lachlan Gadomski said.

“It was pretty overwhelming, we never imagined that we would get $40,000 – we didn’t expect it at all.”

The event also launched another initiative in the search for a cure – the Alex Gadomski Postgraduate Scholarship in Medical Research.

The scholarship opportunity will soon be advertised, for three years of full-time study, focusing on bone marrow failure syndromes through the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine.

Director of the Menzies Institute Professor Alison Venn launched the PhD scholarship and thanked the community and sponsors for their support.

“It’s due to partnerships such as this between passionate community members and generous organisations which enable us to concentrate on our research,” Professor Venn said.

“Last year we enjoyed ourselves fundraising at the Live Life Gala Ball – this year that wasn’t possible due to COVID-19.

“I thank the team of runners for braving the elements of winter in Tassie to raise money.”

Senior research fellow and inaugural recipient of the Alex Gadomski Fellowship Dr Kirsten Fairfax said it was an honour to be involved in the fight for a cure for bone marrow failure syndromes.

“Alex’s ambition was to find a cure for the disease that took his life at a tragically young age,” she said.

“I feel privileged to be able to work with his family and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision to continue his legacy.”

Caption: Jordan, left, and Lachlan Gadomski pound the pavement during the Bloody Long Run raising funds for the Alex Gadomski Fellowship.

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