To most people who don’t know us or know our story, we seem like an average large family.
The thing is though, we are not your average family. We are a family that is incredibly thankful for life, every day.
Eleven years ago my husband, Mark, was dying, aged 26. We were told that if he didn’t receive a donor heart within three months, he would be dead. They are not words that any woman wants to be told about her husband, particularly when she is pregnant with triplets.
At the same time, eleven years ago, a truly amazing family were grieving the loss of their son and brother. In their grief, they made the choice to donate the young man’s organs to help save the lives of others.
Without that incredible gift, I would be grieving the loss of my husband and my children would have never known their daddy.
Today my husband is fit and healthy and he runs three times a week. Pre-transplant, he couldn’t walk to the letterbox.
Today he works full time. Pre-transplant, he couldn’t work at all.
Today he is a very hands on father to our six children. Pre-transplant I was living with the possibility of raising triplets on my own.
Before the transplant, our lives were filled with anxiety, fear of the unknown and desperation. Today our lives are filled with joy, gratitude and hope.
This Sunday we have the opportunity to say thank you to those who work behind the scenes of organ donation as Mark, our ten year old son, and I, run 5km at Run Melbourne to raise money for Transplant Australia. We are running with a group of friends and family who stand alongside us in thankfulness to our donor for giving Mark a second chance at life.
You can help us by making a tax deductable donation to our team “Celebrate Life”. All money raised goes to Transplant Australia.
July 18th will be the 11 year anniversary of Mark’s heart transplant. Every year at the request of our donor family, we wear red to remember the young man whose heart saved my husband’s life. As the years have gone on, family and friends have joined with us in wearing red to honour our donor, and to celebrate the gift of life.
If you want to join with us on July 18th and wear red too, we would love that.
If you do choose to join us, we’d love you to share a photo with the hashtag #redforclint. We will share these with the donor family, to let them know that it isn’t just our family that feels gratitude for their decision.
Our children have all decided that if something ever happened to them, they want to be able to donate their organs.
Have you had that discussion with your loved ones? Do you know their wishes on the topic of organ donation?
You can register online to be an organ donor here.
Mother to six beautiful children. Girl, boy, girl triplets, who are almost 11 years old, a larger than life 8 year old daughter, a delightful 3 year old daughter and a 1 year old baby girl. Married to my best friend who had a heart transplant 11 years ago. I love to run, and keep active. I also like orange chocolate, listening and singing to great music, having a glass of moscato or four, and my mac computer.
I’m one half of Mother Duck Said: ‘Let’s Party’ who designs invitations and printable party decorations for any type of party!