Courageous Coen promotes the importance of organ and tissue donation

Issue 0815_CAshton2At a recent Senior School Assembly, students were privileged to hear a talk by 17-year-old Cystic Fibrosis sufferer, Coen Ashton.

Coen was born with Cystic Fibrosis and diagnosed early in life with insulin dependent diabetes.

He spoke to the students about his long and harrowing experience living with this debilitating condition, coming close to death whilst waiting for a double lung transplant.

Coen also emphasised to the girls the importance of appreciating their good health and education and making the most of every opportunity they receive.

Since his successful transplant in 2012, he has jet skied the 2000 km length of the Murray River twice and been awarded all three of The Pride of Australia Medals; State, National and People's Choice. Coen is now a motivational speaker dedicated to promoting the importance of organ and tissue donation and inspiring other youths to aim high and achieve their best.

To sign up to be an organ donor visit: www.coenashton.com.au and register on the Australian Organ Donor Registry.

 

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