from Knock, Co. Mayo, a sixth year student from St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, was diagnosed with kidney failure at birth. As a result of receiving a transplant, he wants to raise organ donor awareness and inspire others to live a healthy active lifestyle.
Having been on dialysis and in and out of hospital for most of his life, once Matthew received his transplant he was motivated to heighten the awareness of organ donation and the importance of carrying a donor card. He also wanted to encourage those on the transplant waiting list to not rule out playing sports and continuing to have an active lifestyle. Through competing in The European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Finland Matthew hopes to inspire others and get them thinking about sports again.
“Matthew is an inspirational young man,” commented School principal Cahil Doherty. “Not only does he excel in his work raising awareness of organ donation, he is fully committed to voluntary programmes within his school as well as working with his local Foroige club. Matthew gives willingly to others and is a true ambassador for overcoming adversity.”