Herald Sun | Lucile Van Den Berg
HIS Father's Day wish is a gift that cannot be bought.
In three weeks when fathers nationwide are wading their way through ties, socks and jocks, Mark Ashton will have his mobile on loudspeaker awaiting a call he's been seeking the past 10 months.
It will tell him that his son, Coen, has a new set of lungs.
"For Father's Day I'd love to be able to take him outside and do something, anything that doesn't involve taking oxygen around with us," Mr Ashton said of Coen.
The 15-year-old, who won three Pride of Australia Medals after riding 2000km on a jet ski to sign up 1000 organ donors, is having difficulty breathing on his own.
Doctors have told Coen they want him hooked up to a bipap machine every night to help him breathe and take the strain off his lungs, but the determined teenager is not ready to accept that fate.
"Coen's surviving, so far," Mr Ashton said.