Chair of Mid Ulster District Council has offered her support to two sisters competing in the 2015 transplant games in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Councillor Linda Dillon met Cookstown sisters Ailis Corey and Brenda Buchanan in advance of their journey to the games which take place from 30 July to 2 August, and made a contribution towards their fund-raising efforts.
Ailis, a transplant recipient and her sister, Brenda, who was her donor, will both be participating in the games, competing in a range of events, including cycling and running.
Councillor Dillon spoke of her admiration for the sisters:
“Those in need of a transplant face serious illness and an agonising wait. To be able to enjoy a full life again as a result of donation is an incredible thing, never more so than when a member of your family is a live donor. Ailis and Brenda have shown enormous courage and a great determination in coming through treatment to compete in these games. I’m full of admiration for them both and hope their story will help to raise the importance of organ donation and in particular to encourage people to learn more about being a live donor”.
The Transplant Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation while increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families.