Kidney transplant recipient Phillip Rosenow riding 16,000km from Cockle Creek to Cape York to raise awareness of organ donation

NEWS - TASMANIA | Jessica Howard
Phillip Rosenow’s says his life was transformed when he received a life-saving kidney transplant in 2006. Picture: MATT THOMPSON
PHILLIP Rosenow will begin the adventure of a lifetime this weekend — a journey unimaginable 11 years ago when he was regularly tethered to a dialysis machine.

The 52-year-old from Echuca is in Tasmania to begin a nine-week, 16,000km motorbike ride from Cockle Creek to Cape York to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

When he was 33, Mr Rosenow contracted Henoch-Schonlein purpura — a rare disease involving inflammation of small blood vessels — and a third bout did enough damage to his kidneys to require dialysis three times a week for five or more hours for the next five years.

He received the ultimate gift, a new kidney, on his birthday in June 2006.

“To us recipients, people who donate their organs are our heroes,” he said. Continue reading

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