Three months after setting off from the ‘Circle of Life’ memorial garden in Salthill on an incredible 2500km walk around the Irish coast raising funds and awareness for the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association (IHLTA ), this weekend foster carer and heart transplant recipient Ron Cummins successfully made it back to the special spot where his walk started.
In July 1996, at just 38 years-old, Ron Cummins, then working as a chef in Dublin, was given a fifty-fifty chance of living another six months unless he had a heart transplant. Thankfully, he made it onto the transplant list and in September 1997, he received a new heart. He comments: “I know I’m lucky; I was given a gift, a second chance at life. However not everyone is – in Ireland over a third of patients waiting for a transplant die while on the waiting list. This could be so different if only there was more awareness of organ donation.”
Grateful for having been given a new lease of life as the result of the new heart he received, this summer, in between foster care placements and accompanied by wife and fellow foster carer Carol, Ron has made it his mission to speak to as many people as possible about the importance of organ donation. Continue reading