Gift of life continues for young resident

HEADING OFF: Leeton’s Andrew Burke will be participating in the Australian Transplant Games in Sydney later this month. Photo: John Gray
Nanjing Night Net

LEETONresident Andrew Burke is gearing up to once again participate in the Australian Transplant Games.

Andrew, 16, received a live-saving kidney transplant in 2005 at the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital andnow he is ready to compete in Australia’s most inspirational sporting event.

Transplant Australia will stage the Australian Transplant Games fromSeptember 24 toOctober 1 in westernSydney to promote the benefits of donation and transplantation, and help transplant recipients strive towardsimproved health and fitness.

Andrew has taken a keen interest in sport since his transplant and regularly plays for various Leeton shire teams across a number of codes.

Transplant Australia chief executive officerChris Thomasdescribedthe games as being a unifying event for those that have received a transplant and their families.

“For recipients,participation is a way of saying ‘thanks’ to their donor families,” he said.

“For donor families, it’s a way to honour theirloved one’s gift of life.

“Transplant recipients come from all over the country to take part.

“Our athletes demonstrate living proof that transplantation saves lives.”

“What’s more, it allows them a qualityof life they might not have experienced for years.

“They can start a family, play sport, get back into theworkforce – all because of the generosity of someone else.”

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