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Rediscovering My Passion for Cricket on the Transplant Journey

Embarking on my transplant journey was a rollercoaster of emotions.

Gratitude for the chance at a healthier life mingled with disappointment at the thought of bidding farewell to my sporting days. Sports had always been a significant part of my life, and I enthusiastically dabbled in a plethora of them, from Australian Rules Football and rugby to soccer, American football, tennis, golf, and even more unconventional choices like sailing, squash, shooting, athletics, lacrosse, lawn bowls, tenpin bowling, and yes, even crochet. However, it was cricket 🏏, the sport I cherished, that seemed forever beyond my reach.

In the early stages of my recovery, I dared to share a bold idea with Transplant Australia – to organize a cricket match aimed at raising awareness of life after transplantation. Little did I know the history behind such endeavors, and it wasn't a promising one.

David Hookes, a cricketing legend and my personal hero, was someone I revered since my childhood. I can vividly recall watching him play for West Torrens at the Woodville Oval near where I grew up. His tragic passing and his legacy as an organ donor hero only elevated his iconic status in my eyes. Thus, it was disheartening when the CEO of Transplant Australia informed me of previous unsuccessful attempts to involve cricket, citing a lack of interest from the transplant community.

Despite this setback, I clung to hope. It was at this juncture that I realised my immense fortune.

While Transplant Australia turned away from recipients and advocates seeking to leverage cricket 🏏 for awareness, a dedicated group of volunteers saw the profound potential of this sport in reaching people from all walks of life and highlighting the crucial role of families in organ donation.

Fast forward to this Sunday, and my dream of not only playing cricket again but doing so alongside passionate advocates representing all stages of the transplant journey is on the brink of reality. This weekend, I am honored to join the Lucky Stars Cricket Team in the John Wulff Memorial event in Mulgoa.

This journey has taught me the resilience that stems from unwavering determination. It underscores the importance of persevering in the pursuit of one's passions and dreams. Cricket 🏏, once seemingly unattainable, now becomes the conduit through which we can spotlight the profound gift of life that organ donation represents.

As I prepare to step onto the field, I am not merely a cricket enthusiast, but a living testament to the boundless possibilities that transcend a transplant journey.

Coming just a week ahead of DonateLife Thank You Day, this opportunity to play the sport I love with those who share the same gratitude for their donor heroes and respect for the families behind these incredible gifts is a poignant reminder of the pivotal role families play in enabling deceased organ donation. It's a chance to promote the critical importance of consent in this life-saving act.

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