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Ryan Donald Memorial Fund Ball

Ryan Donald, a strong and healthy teenager, passed away at the tender age of 17 from a little-known condition called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). Now his family are determined to prevent others from dealing with the same grief they have endured.  

Ryan had just completed year 11 and had a life of possibilities ahead of him. He was a loveable, witty, determined boy with strong community values and an exceptionally loyal friend to all he knew.

On a summer’s evening in December 2012, Ryan completed pre-season training at the Lilydale Football Club in Melbourne’s east, running a personal best time.  Sadly, Ryan passed away in his sleep that evening after going to bed in great spirits.

After a long investigation, no reason can be provided for his untimely passing, leaving Doctors to attribute his death to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

About SADS

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.

Ryan Donald Memorial Fund Ball

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 through the fund support the work of Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

After the wonderful success of the Inaugural Ryan Donald Memorial Fund Ball in 2014, the Donald family have decided to change tact and organise a more intimate affair at the Yarra Glenn Football & Cricket Club.


Ryan Donald Memorial Fund Ball
Yarra Glen football/ Cricket Club (Private Function)
Saturday October 24th
7pm – 12 midnight
Includes finger food and music.

Find out more at the Ryan Donald Memorial Fund website.