Jessica Wales did more in her 20 years than most people do in a lifetime. Born with the progressive lung disease Cystic Fibrosis, she had a daily regime of medication to keep her lungs as free from infection as possible, but still went about life with a smile on her face. In 2005, Jess was told that her lungs had become so badly damaged she would need a double lung transplant to survive.
Knowing that there was a shortage of Organ Donors, Jess threw her energies into campaigning and raising the profile of organ donation by sharing her story with anyone who would listen. Through her honest and frank interviews, Jess inspired millions and was regularly featured in the media across the UK. Her appearance on Noel's HQ on Sky1 prompted over 2000 viewers to sign the Organ Donor Register that same evening. Jess always used her own situation to try to help others, appearing in a video for the LIV appeal which succeeded in raising £2 million to go towards finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, knowing the cure would not come in time to save her.
Despite being given just 2 years to live in 2005, Jess managed to cling on for four and half years before a call for her transplant came just after Christmas 2009. On Tuesday 12th January 2010, Jessica Wales lost her battle. Her transplant had come too late, and her body not strong enough to survive post-transplant complications.
Jess believed strongly in organ donation and championed it through her work as an advocate for the charity Live Life Then Give Life. For this reason, her family has requested that those who wish to donate in her memory do so towards the work of this National Organ Donation Awareness Charity.
Jess taught us that we all have the power to make a difference; your donation will help ensure that her legacy never dies.
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