Ben Stanbury: Representing Team New Zealand
At four months old Ben was diagnosed with Autosomal Recessive Kidney Disease, a rare and serious chronic disease that would rule his life. At age 9 Ben received a liver transplant from a deceased donor. This new liver has given him more energy, helped him grow and kept him healthy. He will also need a new kidney in the next couple of years too. Just one year after his liver transplant Ben was proudly representing New Zealand at the Australian Transplant Games. The Games are held every 2 years and are an opportunity for transplant recipients and their family supporters to compete against each other while they raise awareness for organ donation.
Ben competed in the 9 to 11 year old boy category and his sister Maia competed in the 6 to 8 year old supporter category. Ben competed in a range of events and got a impressive 8 medals in total.
The 2018 Transplant Games aren't far away- they will be in Adelaide or Gold Coast/ Kids are free to enter events but you do need to pay your own travel expenses.
Ben Stanbury is a Kids Foundation member and liver transplant patient from Christchurch. Its really great to see Ben fully recovered and living life to the full representing New Zealand in the transplant games- well done Ben!
If you're interested in the 2017 World Transplant Games in Spain or the 2018 Australian Transplant Games please contract Sheryl@trabsplantnewzealand.org.nz and we hope to see you there!