In honour of Organ Donor Awareness week, some of those involved tell their very personal stories

JOE | Rory Cashin
All this week is Organ Donor Awareness Week, which helps raise awareness of a very important issue.

Organised by the Irish Kidney Association, 'forget-me-not' flowers are currently on sale, hoping to raise funding for the organisation.

This is all in order to create room for the conversation as part of their #HaveTheChat campaign, a necessary converation to be had about what is to happen once you've passed away, are your organs going to be made available for transplant to those who may be in need?

Yes, it is a bit of a bleak conversation, but it is also potentially a life-saving one, as these following stories can attest to.
Father of three, David Crosby from Kingscourt, Cavan was catapulted into a world of uncertainty when on just marking his 40th birthday he suddenly became ill. The former Meath Minor footballer who without any previous diagnosis, received the alarming news that he had a potentially fatal lung condition, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. It soon became apparent that he would need a double lung transplant. He continues to be thankful to his deceased donor for saving his life as he underwent a double lung transplant at the Mater Hospital in March 2016. Continue reading
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