Who we are

Find out about our registered charity’s story and the inspiration and people behind our life-changing, life-saving stem cell donor recruitment, research, treatment and care programs.

Our story

We set up the TLR Foundation as a registered charity in 2017 in loving memory of our friend Tracy Lee Richey. Trace was an inspirational person. You can read more about him below.

Since then, our little team has hit so many big fundraising milestones. With 100% of all funds raised supporting life-changing, life-saving stem cell donor recruitment, nursing scholarships and vital medical research, our supporters transform the lives of people with blood cancers and other diseases in Australia.

Our inspiration

Trace was the most adorable, charismatic guy, with a contagious laugh and cheeky smile. A dedicated fundraiser by nature and profession, he had a heart of gold and was passionate about helping others.

In 2013, he was about to join St Vincent’s fundraising team when he was diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a disease that stops bone marrow from making healthy blood cells. Instead of working for St Vincent’s Hospital, he became a patient.

After several rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant was Trace’s last life-saving hope. But even as he battled for his life, he helped others. From his hospital bed, with his partner Neil, he joined the ward’s nurses in fundraising for The World’s Greatest Shave.

Tragically, six weeks after his transplant and an inspirational fight, Trace succumbed to severe GvHD (Graft vs Host Disease).

Inspired by Trace’s heroic battle, Neil made a commitment to raise $300,000 to fund a room in the new Haematology, Blood and Marrow Transplant Ward at St Vincent’s, named after Trace. And shortly after, the TLR Foundation was born.

Our vision

A day when nobody loses a loved one who could have been saved by a successful stem cell transplant.

Our values

  • Be generous. With your time, energy, knowledge, kindness and ideas.
  • Think big. We’re here to change lives and make the world a better place.
  • Work smart. Keep learning, collaborating and supporting each other.
  • Get stuff done. Team up, knuckle down and make good things happen.
  • Have fun doing it. Make the most of every moment together.

Big wins. Big plans.

Thanks to our supporters, we’ve achieved so much. And we’re just getting started.

Next up: The TLR stem cell donor recruitment project aims to bring positive transformation to the Australian Registry, offering renewed hope for individuals whose last chance at a life-saving breakthrough lies in a stem cell transplant.

Donate. Fundraise. Join the registery.

Maybe you’d like to make a secure online donation. Perhaps you want to plan a fun fundraiser. Whatever you do, every cent you raise makes a difference in the lives of patients and their families.