It is with immense love we honour the memory of Trace Richey by raising much needed funds for a cause so very dear to his and all of our hearts, the construction of the new Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Ward in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. 


                                    

Trace was the most adorable, charismatic and charming guy, with a contagious laugh and a cheeky smile. He was a fun-loving man who lit up the room wherever he went. He had a heart of gold and a tremendous passion for helping others. In his professional life he was a dedicated fundraiser working for a variety of charities including the Santa Barbara Rehabilitation Institute, San Diego Hospice Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. His fundraising career continued after moving to Australia working for Blackbaud, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and finally Mission Australia.

In 2013 Trace was diagnosed with MDS - Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a disease which stops bone marrow making healthy blood cells.  After several rounds of chemotherapy, it was determined his only option was to have a Bone Marrow Transplant, so in February 2015 he checked into St. Vincent’s Hospital. From the day he arrived, Trace tried to put a smile on everyone’s face, impressing the people around him with his humour, his strength and resilience, courage and determination. Tragically he succumbed to severe GvHD (Graft vs Host Disease) after nothing short of an heroic and inspirational battle. Trace was deeply touched by the tireless and loving care he received from the St. Vincent’s staff so it seems only fitting we help the very people that helped him so much. He would be very proud.

Trace’s sister, Brenda wrote the loveliest words:
"I am grateful that I was able to be witness to the St Vincent’s Hospital staff reaction to a life and a soul that all of us know to be ‘One of a Kind’. They say that a person’s characteristics are magnified when challenged, and I can attest to Tracy’s humour, wit, determination, and lack of self-pity that shined during these last few weeks of his life. Nurses and Doctors are supposed to remain detached and not get personally attached to the patients that they treat. One by one, they all came to the room, and laid their hands on Tracy and looked at me and Neil with such pain and sorrow over the fact that they “should have done more”. We assured them that they did all they could, and reminded them of Tracy’s genuine gratitude to each and every single one of them as they tended to him. Tracy never gave up but left this life after the most courageous battle, fighting right up to the very end, but leaving peacefully with me his Sister, his best friend since the age of 4, Jon Cooper, and the love of his life Neil, by his side."

I am eternally grateful for those who shaved their heads, ran the 2016 City2Surf and most recently jumped out of a perfectly good plane for our cause and thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person donating, no matter how much the contribution, every single dollar helps. It’s ‘All for Trace’, but will help thousands of people fighting their own battle with cancer.

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

St Vincent's Hospital is one of Australia's leading public hospitals and a principal referral hospital. It is recognised as a centre for excellence in clinical care, research and training. Founded over 150 years ago, the Hospital has played a pioneering role in the provision of health care services and medical advancements at both a national and international level.

26 heroes fundraising today.

St. Vincent’s Hospital performed Australia’s first bone marrow transplant 40 years ago and has been a leader in providing the best treatment for patients with blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and MDS ever since. St Vincent’s currently performs over 60 bone marrow transplants a year, but to continue providing excellent care, the ward desperately needs updating.

The new ward will no longer have shared rooms, instead having 16 individual rooms designed with state of the art technology isolating each room and reducing the risk of infection, but most importantly, providing each chemo or bone marrow transplant patient with the privacy and comfort of their OWN room, their OWN bathroom, vital for preserving a patient’s dignity.

Each room will cost $300,000 so that’s our fundraising goal. 

Trace would love that.


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