St Kilda AFL great Nick Riewoldt and his family have opened up about the legacy his sister, Maddie, left after her tragic death from a rare form of cancer, the Herald-Sun reports.
Riewoldt said the family had been overwhelmed by public support and donations to the not-for-profit charity, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, which raises money for research and treatment.
“It will be two years in February since Maddie passed away and it’s something that stays with you,’’ he said.
“For anyone who has lost anyone, they know the pain of losing someone close to you and you never really recover from that grief.
“To do something really positive with our grief and despair has been a real positive for us as a family.’’
A Warragul tomato grower, who contracted cancer himself, has pledged to donate 5c from every pack sold at Coles in November after being touched by Maddie’s story.
Flavorite founder Mark Millis said he hoped to raise $100,000 — enough to fund one research position and provide ongoing commitment to support.
Riewoldt urged Australians to eat more tomatoes to help the cause.
Proceeds from Cherry Burst and Vine Ripened tomatoes sold at Coles will go toward funding research into bone marrow failure. Flavorite is on track to sell two million packets of tomatoes this month.
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