Topics:  organ donation, preston campbell, titans

Preston Campbell hopes to donate a kidney to his aunt

Preston Campbell meets with young members of the tweed aboriginal community.
Preston Campbell meets with young members of the tweed aboriginal community. Blainey Woodham

TITANS' superstar Preston Campbell stopped at the Tweed to talk about the importance of being an organ and tissue donor yesterday.

The fullback told the crowd his aunty had been diagnosed with diabetes and needed a kidney transplant.

"She's ringing the family to see who's compatible," he said.

"I use to feel strangely about these sorts of things but now I know someone.

"Hopefully I am compatible."

Campbell said he'd never considered donating his organs and tissues until his aunty called him.

"I never would have thought about doing it," he said.

"I'm a big believer we're made the way we are for a reason and I read the bible and it's all about your body is a temple.

"If you can offer a hand you do.

"Back in the day I believed so strongly that my body is my body and I didn't understand what it meant to donate.

"If somebody's body can help so many people that's amazing and I think that's a great thing."

Campbell visited the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre to help promote Donate Life Week 2013.

Northern New South Wales Local Health District medical specialist Dr Mike Jones said indigenous people were more likely to need an organ transplant in comparison to Caucasian people.

"Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to attend hospital for regular dialysis and many of these are waiting for a kidney transplant," he said.

"There is a much higher rate of disease leading to Kidney problems in the indigenous community."

Donate Life in Tweed has formed a blue print for the rest of the country.

Their latest pamphlet, featuring members of Tweed's aboriginal community, will be distributed nation wide.

If you're interested in learning more about visit donatelife.gov.au.



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