A life of medical setbacks won’t stop a South Australian mum from fronting charity cattle drive

Megan McLoughlin with her husband Mark, their kids Sam and Ella, and horse Super.
NOTHING is a bridge too far for former South Australian Megan McLoughlin.

Ms McLoughlin, 35, and a team of stockmen will drive a herd of cattle across Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sunday to raise national awareness about organ donation.

Ms McLoughlin has enlisted the help of her father, well-known stockman Jim Willoughby, who was a horse wrangler on McLeod’s Daughters, for the Herd of Hope drive across what is still a recognised stock route.

Her personal story, one of facing enormous setbacks with courage, is inspirational enough.

Aged nine, she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and three years later rode her horse from country SA to the city, raising $25,000 for research into diabetes.

In her late 20s, eye surgery left her blind. Then illness attacked her only kidney and in 2010, only weeks from death, she became the recipient of a kidney-pancreas transplant.

In Sydney, she met her now husband, Mark, who over the course of three dates began to realise she could not see. His response was to slip his hand into hers and never leave. Continue reading

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