Ryan Donald, a strong healthy child, passed away at the tender age of 17 in 2012. Ryan had just completed year 11 and had a life of possibilities ahead of him. Ryan was a loveable, witty, determined boy with strong community values. An exceptionally loyal friend to all he knew.
On the evening of December 19, 2012, Ryan completed pre-season training at the Lilydale Football Club, running a personal best time. Ryan passed away in his sleep that evening after going to bed in great spirits.
After a long and heart rending investigation, no reason can be provided for his untimely passing, leaving Doctors to attribute his death to SADS or Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.
About the Disease
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) is an umbrella term for many genetic heart rhythm conditions. Genetic heart rhythm conditions cause lethal electric abnormalities, or arrhythmias that make the heart stop suddenly. The electric abnormalities cannot be seen when the heart is examined after death and can sometimes be difficult to diagnose during life.
SADS predominately comes without warning and is responsible for around 400 deaths annually in people under 40 years of age in Australia.
About the Fund
The Ryan Donald Memorial Fund was created by Ryan’s family in the hope that the money raised will assist in preventing other families from suffering as they have. All monies raised via the fund will be donated to the Murdoch Foundation and will be used for genetic research into this condition.
The Ryan Donald Memorial Fund is a Collective Giving Account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and every donation of $2.00 or more is tax deductible.
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An Evening at the Yarra Glen Football Club - October 2015. $20,000 Raised
After the wonderful success of the Ryan Donald Foundation Inaugural Ball last year, the Donald family decided to change tact and organise a more intimate affair at the Yarra Glen Grand Hotel. All funds raised were directed straight to the Ryan Donald Foundation.
The Inaugural Ryan Donald Ball - October 2014. $22,00 Raised
In October 2014 the Inaugural Ryan Donald Ball was held to celebrate the life of Ryan Donald. The event was attended by over 500 people and $22,000 was raised on the night, which was donated to Murdoch foundation.
Watch this space for our next event, to be held in 2016.