Reflecting on years of commitment

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Smiling for Smiddy

In August 2006, young triathlete and physiotherapist Adam Smiddy lost his battle with aggressive melanoma, aged just 26.

His devastated triathlon coach and close friend Mark ‘Sharky” Smoothy honoured Adam in a unique way—by cycling 1600 kilometres from Brisbane to Adam’s hometown of Home Hill, just outside Townsville.

By the time Mark, and friends Ron and Oliver reached Home Hill, the trio had raised $24 000 for cancer research, and Smiling for Smiddy was born.

Ten years later, what began as three friends riding to mourn their lost mate has grown into an incredible community. Each year, more than 400 dedicated people from all walks of life come together in the spirit of Smiddy to take up the challenge of funding cancer research at Mater through cycling and triathlon challenges.

“To date, Smiling for Smiddy events have not only honoured our family and friends touched by cancer, but we’ve raised more than $6 million to support cancer care and research at Mater” said Mark.

Smiling for Smiddy contributes to world class research projects at Mater including melanoma, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers, as well as complementary therapies to improve the quality of life for thousands of Australian cancer patients.