Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Olympic champion Stephanie Rice joins team CMRI

Stepping away from the pool and into the business world, three-time Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice is helping fuel the dreams of our next Olympic champions.

To make sure Aussie kids have every chance of following their dreams, just as she did, Rice has teamed up with Children's Medical Research Institute. 

The Olympian us urging Aussies to throw their support behind CMRI's research into birth defects, cancers, and genetic diseases. 

"Children's Medical Research Institute is very well known for their Jeans for Genes campaign," Rice said.

"They are also doing amazing work to cure childhood cancers and prevent birth defects.

"Please help support these incredible scientists and their building redevelopment in Australia, so they can help find cures for sick kids."

It's as Rice puts plans to return to the pool aside after winning Celebrity Apprentice Australia, which has inspired her to concentrate on her Freestyle kids' swimwear business venture.

She credits millionaire mogul and judge on the show, Mark Bouris for giving her the confidence to pursue her dreams outside the pool.

And she hopes CMRI's research will help give more kids the chance to chase their dreams by finding cures and better treatments for a range of diseases and genetic conditions.

But Rice isn't the only swimwear designer diving in to support medical research at CMRI.

Australian fashion designer Leona Edmiston has also signed with the winning team of scientists. 

"Children's Medical Research Institute has technology and expertise that is helping scientists around Australia find cures for genetic diseases, epilepsy, and birth defects," Edmiston said.

"But they can do more to help others if we help them."

It's as Edmiston launches her first swimwear range to add to her fashion design empire.

The pair are helping promote CMRI's research centre redevelopment, which is a five-part project expected to house the largest concentration of telomere researchers in the world.

Its vision is to fast-track cures and better treatments for cancers, birth defects and genetic diseases, while also making world-leading facilities more accessible to Australian researchers.

The first stage of the five-stage redevelopment was completed in August, 2014.

But a further $55m funding is required to commence the second stage.

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