The Australian Transplant Games are over until 2008. Rose's photo made it to a couple of newspapers this week: a Geelong Times (article entitled "Plenty of heart on the track"), and a Herald Sun (article entitled "New shot at life").



My incredibly generous cousin and her husband have been hosting us, on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, allowing us to easily attend the Games. We're so grateful for their love and for their personal support. And on a broader level, they are strong supporters of organ donation, with a much loved family member six years ago having donated all of her organs, changing forever the lives of eight recipients.

I have mentioned baby Rani. She died this month, before she could receive a liver transplant that she desperately needed. Please think of her bereaved family, and others like them who will lose a family member this year because of the shortage of organ donors.

Most importantly, if you do support organ donation, please clearly communicate your wishes to your family, to spare them the anguish of wondering what you would have wanted. Many of those reading this blog will have already taken the crucial extra step to talk with family, apart from signing up on the
Australian Organ Donor Registry. But there's no harm in my mentioning it again.

Comments

Mike B. said…
Hi there,
I am "Mike" mentioned on the Chopped Liver Blog. I saw the comment you left on the post about mine and Kailey's story (first off, thank you!) and also, it led me to your blog. I just read through the whole thing start to finish, and would really love to send you an e-mail, but couldn't find a contact info. If it is alright with you, I'd love to get hold of an e-mail address for you. Mine is mballan2@uwo.ca
Take care!
Marisa said…
Hi! Rose is so cute! I love the pics of her at the Transplant Games. I am planning on being in Australia for the 2008 World Games. It should be a blast! Hopefully I can meet you all.