The TLR Foundation was set up to help those people with blood cancers, bone marrow disorders and other diseases treatable by a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. Many patients must rely on finding generous people to donate their stem cells but finding a match can prove incredibly difficult for some. We at TLR want to help increase these chances by finding more donors.
We also recognise the vital role the nurses play in caring for both patients and the family around them and it is with love and gratitude we intend to fund further education for as many nurses as possible.
Established in 2017, the foundation was named in memory of Tracy Lee Richey, or Trace as he was known in Australia. Trace underwent a bone marrow/stem cell transplant in 2015 to treat a blood disorder called MDS but sadly didn’t make it. The love and care he received during this time from the nursing and medical staff around him was truly inspirational and so the TLR Foundation was set up to help as may people in Trace’s situation, and help the nurses specialising in the field of cancer & haematology.
Our mission is to give everyone needing a lifesaving bone marrow/stem cell transplant a better chance of a full recovery by:
- Encouraging bone marrow donation in Australia through education and raising public awareness. Our goal is simple – to increase the number of donors on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Database (ABMDR) to improve the chances of every patient finding a better match.
- Providing educational scholarships and fellowships for nurses working in the field of haematology oncology who care for patients with blood cancers, blood disorders and other diseases treatable by a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.
- Funding and supporting research into the prevention, treatment, and cure of Graft vs Host Disease (GvHD), a common complication of an allogenic bone marrow/stem cell transplant where the donor bone marrow/stem cells attack the patient’s tissue.
Our logo represents two halves of a red blood cell, half from the patient and half from the patient. Of course this isn’t what happens in real life, but it signifies the coming together of the donor and the patient to form one healthy blood cell.
It was important for us that even in our logo we represented the white cross that signifies our commitment to nurses. We also wanted to acknowledge the original TLR logo used for the ‘All for Trace’ fundraising team which was used to represent us when we raised the original $300k for St Vincent’s Hospital.
Our tick of approval
The TLR Foundation is proud to be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). We chose to register with the ACNC because we want you to know that we are transparent, ethical, reputable, and worthy of your support.
The TLR Foundation has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status as issued by the ATO.
TLR receives no government funding and relies entirely on the kind support of our donors, fundraisers and volunteers to continue our work.