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Mary Bawden, VIC

Liver Transplant Recipient

I was given a second chance at life in the form of a liver transplant in 2004. While on the waiting list I struggled to move around the house, let alone do any exercise. I couldn't mind my grandchildren and didn't have the energy to play with them. When I received my transplant in 2004 my life changed. I have never felt so alive and full of energy - I now look after my grand kids two days per week and I am always playing with them and taking them out on adventures. And it is all thanks to a gift I received from a stranger. I think about my donor and my donor family every day - their selfless decision has allowed me to live a full and happy life.

Monty Summers

Bone Marrow

In 2006 I was 17 and had just competed at the National Cross Country Titles when I was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Leukaemia became a big part of my life over the next few years but I had so much to do in living life - it was never going to rule me, I had too much living to do. A bone marrow transplant saved my life, and has given me the chance to make the most out of every day. I train regularly to keep my fitness up and I compete for my state team, QLD, at every Australian Transplant Games. I also dedicate time to helping transplant kids get active again giving them a platform for success.

Grace Pearce

Heart Transplant

When Grace was only a toddler doctors discovered that she had a very rare, very serious heart condition. As a little girl she could barely walk. To survive she would need a new heart, and was placed on the transplant waiting list. Four years ago Grace's wish for a new heart came true. At midnight her mum, Tammy, took a phone call from the hospital saying they had a heart for Grace, to bundle her up and get her down to the hospital. After a nervous wait, Grace came out of her operation smiling - and she has been smiling every day since. Now there is no stopping ten year old Grace who loves sports and playing with her friends. And to her donor family - Grace would like to say '"thank you for my new heart".

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