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Aarons Story

Aaron was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of one. He spent most of his early life battling the disease with trips to hospital. At 19 he had to defer his university studies due to ill health and was placed on the transplant waiting list. At the age of 20 he was given a second chance by receiving a double lung transplant.

After this he qualified as a Registered Nurse; joined the board of Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania and became its president two years later. He married; bought a home; was prominent in the media; was a leader for the Ready for Life diabetes camps; worked with Transplant Australia to promote organ donation; competed in multiple Transplant Games; was Tasmanian Team Manager for the games held in Perth and won over 15 medals. Aaron took part in the City to Casino fun run; was named Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year 2008 and also received the Young Achiever Community Service Award and the Pride of Australia Courage Medal in the same year.

All this (plus too many other achievements to list) were all made possible by the gift he received. Unfortunately, Aaron passed away on Anzac Day, aged 29, but he made the most of the extra 10 years he was given and left behind a great legacy.