Rod is breathing in a new life

GREAT LAKES ADVOCATE | Jeanene Duncan

He is a walking (swimming and cycling) miracle who has stared down the face of death on more than one occasion.

Yet, Rod Marshdale continues full speed ahead, thanks to a new set of lungs and a tremendous zest and enthusiasm for life.

Rod was born with cystic fibrosis (CF), a condition which was passed on via his parents, unbeknown to them, who were both carriers of the condition.

As a result of CF – which primarily affects the lungs and digestive system – Rod has spent much of his 46 years in and out of hospitals.

But, that all changed in 2015 when Rod – following a couple of false starts – received a new set of lungs and a new lease on life.

Since then he has challenged both himself and life.
"People are dying because there are not enough organs for transplant. Rod Marshdale"
Eighteen months after the transplant Rod competed in the bi-annual Australian Transplant Games in Sydney winning one bronze and three silver medals in swimming, a result which earned him a place on the Australian swim team for the 2017 Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. Continue reading

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