Learn more about Lyn and Jayden

he almost died at birth, HOW we live with rare chronic disorders

The RED Trail founders

My name is Lyn, I am a mother and full-time carer to my teenage son Jayden. I represent the bleeding disorder community as a female bleeder combined with my life experience understanding what it’s like to have multiple chronic conditions. 

I get great satisfaction from creating a supportive and safe place for people to connect so they don’t feel alone on their life journey.

Jayden almost died at birth and lives with a severe bleeding disorder that is complicated by chronic inhibitors. This rare condition has resulted in regular hospitalisations as well as numerous ICU admissions over a 15-year period, we basically lived out of the hospital. 

I gave up my career, lost a number of close friends and family as I devoted my life to caring for Jayden as we learnt to live with multiple disorders including autism, asthma and other various health complications.

The Red Trail Community founders Lyn and Jayden sitting together

How was The RED Trail created?

‘The RED Trail’ is a metaphor for fostering a happy pathway in life and to inspire others living with a chronic disorder to ‘NEVER GIVE UP’.

Our aim is create a sense of community, inclusion and awareness.

In 2014, my son Jayden & I, created The RED Trail to raise awareness about his chronic bleeding disorder; Severe Haemophilia A with Inhibitors.

We initiated the very first Haemophilia Walk in NSW with a 7km Challenge raising much needed funds to help others live a fulfilling life with this incurable condition.

Our milestones

$4,000,000+ RAISED

Whilst being a full time carer to her son with severe multiple disorders as well as managing her own chronic illnesses, Lyn has helped raise over $4 million dollars in donations via various fundraising events and activities. Her mission is driving to achieve greater awareness in the community about chronic disorders to support families where it is most needed.

2011 - $11,560 - RIDE 5 ALIVE FOR SCHKIDS

Jayden and Lyn created their first fundraising event raising $11,560 for Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation. They hosted the 5km bike ride encouraging kids to get active, raising awareness about the bleeding disorders in children receiving medical care at Sydney Children’s Hospital which resulted in national donations to help purchase much needed equipment for the haematology clinic.

2013 - $66,000 - MAKE A WISH FORMULA 1 STORY

Lyn wrote a media story about Jayden's Formula 1 experience for the Starlight Wish marketing campaign which raised over $66,000 for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

2013 - $25,000 - SYDNEY CHILDRENS FAMILY ART CALENDER

Jayden created artwork for the Family Calendar which secured 4 corporate sponsors and assisted in the calendar stall at the hospital raising a total of over $25,000.

2013 - STARLIGHT DAY

Jayden and Lyn volunteered at the Starlight Day stalls selling merchandise to raise vital funds and awareness of the services in the Starlight Room.

2014 - HAEMOPHILIA FOUNDATION NSW VOLUNTEER AWARD

Lyn received the HFNSW Volunteer Award during the AGM for her outstanding support to the Foundation working with People With a Bleeding Disorder

2014 - THE RED TRAIL WEBSITE LAUNCH

Lyn created a brand-new website for The RED Trail. This allowed her to promote awareness to a wider national and international audience, subsequently increasing her fundraising goals where an increase in donations came through from overseas supporters.

2014 - $8,000 - THE RED TRAIL HAEMOPHILIA WALK

Jayden and Lyn created and hosted the very first Haemophilia Walk in NSW and successfully increased community awareness about the life-long bleeding disorder that affects approximately 6000 Australians. The 7km Challenge raised over $8000 for Haemophilia Foundation NSW to fund educational and social activities to our bleeding disorder community.

2014 - THE RED TRAIL IN THE MASS MEDIA

The RED Trail increased bleeding disorders awareness via several media publications, including The Daily Telegraph, The Australian, Southern Courier, Mamamia, Nudie, We Bleed Australia and News Local. This helped to increase participation to our fundraising walk, resulting in almost doubling our fundraising total.

2015 - $815,000 - SYDNEY CHILDREN'S SILVER PARTY

Jayden and Lyn was part of a filming production on location at Sydney Children's Hospital showcasing the journey of sick kids in hospital. Their role in the video helped raised $815,000 for this event.

2015 - $15,000 - THE RED TRAIL HAEMOPHILIA WALK

Our 7km Challenge in its 2nd year raised over $15,000 for Haemophilia Foundation NSW to fund adventure therapy for children with haemophilia attending the annual camps.

2012/17 - OVER $4M - SYDNEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GOLD TELETHON APPEAL

Jayden was involved in several media articles and marketing campaigns about his chronic disorders that helped raise vital funds for the hospital, increasing their annual fundraising goals to over $4 million.

2018 - THE RED TRAIL SOCIAL MEETUP

Lyn officially introduced The RED Trail’s first ‘Social Meet Up’ in Sydney which brought families living with chronic disorders together in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Parents connected over a cup of coffee whilst the kids played at the newly upgraded park.

2019 - THE RED TRAIL SOCIAL MEETUP

With the success of first social meetup, Lyn organised a second meetup at Avoca Beach with amazing support from the community – we even had Lightning McQueen come along!

The RED Trail in the media

Jayden’s story of survival has raised lots of interest with a number of leading media publications featuring stories about him including

  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Australian
  • Southern Courier
  • Mamamia
  • Nudie
  • We Bleed Australia
  • News Local
  • Kids Cancer Centre

Get involved with The RED Trail

The RED Trail fosters a sense of community, inclusion and awareness by supporting families with chronic disorders in Australia

We will be hosting regular social meetups and other events through the year to help families connect with others who are going through a similar life journey. We welcome everyone to join us to meet inspiring families living with a chronic medical condition. Head to our events page to see what they are all about.

Do you, a friend or family member live with a rare or chronic disorder? Here’s your chance to have your voice heard. Help raise awareness by sharing your story and help others know they are not alone. Feel free to submit your story, attach some pictures and we will add you to our ‘Stories’ page

We are calling on corporate heroes to join us in making our event fun and successful for our rare and chronic disorder community. If you have any items you would like to donate to us for raffle draws, food & drinks for our events, children’s entertainment, as well as corporate donations, we would love to hear from you.