I was only seven years old when my dad was in desperate need of a heart transplant.
Through the excellent work of Dr Victor Chang and the heart transplant team at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, my dad's life was saved. He lived a further 11 years.
I am so grateful to the family whose own personal heartbreak at the loss of a family member was not in vain. They are truly selfless people who deserve so much. As a result of my dad's transplant, I regularly donate blood and have made my wishes clear to my family (along with the Australian Organ Donor Registry). I will never forget the years I was able to have with my dad and I am forever in debt to the family that made that heartbreaking decision.