Lauren Rowe, founder of Gifted Life and cystic fibrosis advocate, has won the prestigious Australian Women’s Weekly’s Women of the Future People’s Choice Award.
Lauren 26, who has cystic fibrosis and underwent a double lung transplant at just 19, told The Australian Women’s Weekly that her condition drove her to “make the most of every second I have.”
“This is the most humbling thing that has ever happened to me,” she said.
Lauren Rowe’s Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future sp…Lauren Rowe wins the Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future People’s Choice Award and makes the entire room cry with her acceptance speech:
Posted by The Australian Women’s Weekly on Thursday, September 1, 2016
Gifted Life is a non-profit organisation that raises awareness about organ donations and provides support to transplant recipients under the age of 30.
Lauren told Women’s Weekly that she started Gifted Life when her body was starting to reject her lungs, and her doctors said she needed a lung transplant or she would pass away.
“Because of all of this, this is why I started Gifted Life,” she said.
“I thought if can do one more thing in this world, this is what I want. I want every person who is isolated by this experience to not feel like they’re alone. I want them to feel the best they can possibly be.”
Lauren said that it was her goal to raise organ donations so that everyone on the transplant waiting list could have a second chance at life.
“One Australian on the transplant waiting list dies every week because an organ is not available in time,” Lauren told The Australian Women’s Weekly.
As part of her awareness and fundraising efforts, Lauren publishes a popular weekly YouTube series in which she offers advice and tips to others with chronic illnesses.
You can view her YouTube channel here.