Ge­orgina strikes gold

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ge­orgina Haynes says win­ning a sur­prise ten­pin bowl­ing gold medal was the high­light of her trip to the Bri­tish Trans­plant Games in Scot­land.

The vet­eri­nary stu­dent from Ash­ford also won bronze in the 3k walk, a year af­ter be­ing con­fined to a hos­pi­tal bed.

Ge­orgina was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia (ALL) in Jan­uary two years ago and was told she would need a life­sav­ing stem-cell trans­plant from an un­re­lated donor.

The Anthony Nolan blood cancer char­ity lo­cated one and Ge­orgina said: “With­out it I would not be here.”

“Be­fore my di­ag­no­sis I kept fairly fit but since my trans­plant, I’ve strug­gled to find the mo­ti­va­tion to get back in the gym and tak­ing part in the Bri­tish Trans­plant Games seemed like op­por­tu­nity.

“Win­ning a gold medal in ten­pin was my ab­so­lute high­light.

“It was com­pletely un­ex­pected but it was an amaz­ing achieve­ment a bril­liant con­sid­er­ing that just over a year ago I was in hos­pi­tal, un­able to walk and feel my legs.”

She added: “Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­tra­or­di­nary event like the Bri­tish Trans­plant Games, it is im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine how many lives would have been lost with­out or­gan or stem cell do­na­tion.

“By sign­ing up to the Anthony Nolan reg­is­ter you are essen­tially rais­ing your hand to say ‘Yes, I’m pre­pared to save a stranger’s life. I’m pre­pared to be a hero’.

The 14-strong char­ity team re­turned from North La­nark­shire, with their best ever medal haul.

The games aim to demon­strate the ben­e­fits of trans­plan­ta­tion, en­cour­ag­ing trans­plant pa­tients to re­gain fit­ness, while in­creas­ing pub­lic aware­ness of the need for more peo­ple to join the Anthony Nolan stem cell reg­is­ter and the NHS Or­gan Do­na­tion Reg­is­ter. Ge­orgina Haynes – won a ten­pin bowl­ing gold medal at the Bri­tish Trans­plant Games

‘It was com­pletely un­ex­pected but it was an amaz­ing achieve­ment’

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