Melbourne Herald Sun | Peter Strachan
|Former champion car racing driver Jason McIntyre at home in Cranbourne. Picture Yuri Kouzmin|
JASON McIntyre has lived with chronic illness and pain since he was five. But it hasn’t stopped him winning national motor racing titles three years in a row and becoming a strong advocate for organ donation.
Now 37, McIntrye’s declining health has forced him to confine his racing to an advanced simulator in his Cranbourne home.
It’s a shadow of the 250km/h Super-karts he steered to victory in 2005-2007.
“I can’t do that anymore, but I still get a great thrill out of motor racing in all its forms and I’m still upbeat about my chances of getting the transplants I need some day to get back into a more active life,” McIntyre said.
At this stage he needs a new stomach, liver, duodenum, pancreas and small bowel. He is “on the list” for a multi-visceral transplant through the Austin Hospital.
In late 2012, McIntyre found he had a squamous cell carcinoma on his lip. After several operations, follow-up scans showed more cancer in his neck. The treatment the following year burnt and ulcerated the inside of his mouth and he found he had bone marrow failure. Continue reading