Held in memory of Adam Smiddy, who passed away from an aggressive melanoma aged 26, Mater Smiling for Smiddy delivers inspiring challenge events where individuals and communities alike can band together to raise funds for cancer research at Mater, the Smiddy way.
Every year, hundreds of cyclists and triathletes, and their support networks, use their passion for sport to help fight cancer. More than $10 million has been raised since the first Smiling for Smiddy cycle challenge in 2006.
Funds raised through Mater Smiling for Smiddy support vital cancer research at Mater—research that has a national and international impact. Funds are used to support dedicated teams of researchers at Mater Research, who are working on potentially life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of various types of cancer.
Current Mater Research efforts include research into melanoma, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers.
You can make an immediate impact and help cancer patients being treated at Mater by supporting Mater Smiling for Smiddy—investing in life-saving research that could help treat, and ultimately, prevent cancer.
Adam Smiddy never had an enemy in the world.
His disarming smile, one that rarely left his face even amidst the gravest of circumstances, gave his family and friends a window into the soul of a gentle, kind-hearted and unassuming boy from Home Hill.
In 2006, Adam passed away from an aggressive melanoma. He was just 26 years old, a talented triathlete and respected physiotherapist with the world at his feet.
Six months earlier, Adam discovered a small lump in his groin, and a biopsy revealed it was a malignant melanoma. He underwent immediate surgery to remove the lump and his affected lymph glands.
Gradually over the next six months, Adam’s health and fitness started to return. Sadly however, it was not to be.
During a bike ride with his close friend and triathlon coach, Mark ‘Sharky’ Smoothy, Adam confessed to feeling unwell. Just over three weeks later, Adam passed away. He was in hospital for just eight days. Unknown to Adam and everyone else, the cancer had spread to Adam’s vital organs.
Six weeks after Adam’s passing, Sharky and two other mates, Ron Steel and Oliver Bodak, fulfilled one of Adam’s unrealised dreams in honour of their friend. They rode 1600 kilometres from Brisbane to Adam’s hometown, Home Hill, with nothing but a credit card in their back pockets. In the process, the trio raised an incredible $24 000 for cancer research.
The next year, 22 friends joined Sharky, Ron and Oliver for the ride.
In 2008, the group had grown to 50 riders, who together raised an incredible $420 000 for cancer research.
Year on year, Mater Smiling for Smiddy continues to grow, with more and more people joining the fight against cancer.
Since 2006, our incredible Mater Smiling for Smiddy riders have raised more than $10 million for world-class cancer research at Mater, in the areas of melanoma, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers.
When Adam Smiddy passed away in 2006, his mates pledged a commitment to traveling the long road to fight cancer. Today, the Mater Smiling for Smiddy legacy continues because of you.
Individually, you’re cyclists, you’re triathletes, and you’re swimmers, road crew and supporters.