Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Norm Lewis

Norm Lewis – Liver Recipient, DonateLife Volunteer and Proud Grandfather

                                          

58 year old Norm Lewis, from Mount Evelyn in Melbourne’s east, has had a constant thought in mind since the day he was diagnosed with a rare liver disease in 2009, and in the days since his life-saving liver transplant in 2011.

“Thanks to my doctors, and the forward thinking and generosity of an organ donor and their family, I was given another chance at life. This allowed me to meet and love my first grandchild Bailey,” said Norm.

Norm’s plea is that every Australian makes a decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor, and shares that decision with their loved ones.

And he backs that up with his tireless efforts volunteering to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation.

“Helping DonateLife, either by volunteering my time at information events or sharing my story through them with the community, means I can give something back.  Hopefully other people can be as fortunate as me.”

“My message is don’t assume you are too old or unwell to be a donor – let the medical professionals do that if the time comes!” said Norm.  “All men should be encouraged to talk about their health – and when they do, make the effort to support their family and themselves by discussing organ and tissue donation and ensuring that each other’s donation decisions are known.”

“I’m grateful to be alive because of my gift of a transplant - not only to see my first grandchild Bailey grow, but there’s now another one on the way!”

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with DonateLife email donatelife@redcrossblood.org.au

For more details on organ and tissue donation visit www.donatelife.gov.au

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