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Wonderful wedding gesture funds research

September 25th, 2017 | 1 Comment

In March 1996, momentous things were happening in Australia.

John Howard became Australia’s 25th Prime Minister, Mark Waugh scored his third century of the Cricket World Cup for Australia, and a young lady called Jeni underwent a pancreas and kidney transplant at Westmead Hospital.

That day, Jeni’s life changed enormously.  The positive impact on Jeni’s health was witnessed by friends and family, but also made a great impression on Jeni’s young niece, Sian.

Fast forward 21 years, and as Sian and her fiancé Zac were planning their wedding, they decided that on the most important day of their lives they would celebrate Aunt Jeni’s life changing transplant, carried out by the world-renowned team here at Westmead Hospital.

Happy couple, Zac & Sian Williams

Instead of having table decorations, this beautiful couple donated the amount of money they would have spent, to further the research carried out by the transplant team.  Jeni’s original transplant was carried out by Professor Richard Allen, and she is still cared for today by the world’s number 1 expert in kidney transplantation, Professor Jeremy Chapman, together with Professor Philip O’Connell and the team of dedicated medical and nursing staff at Westmead Hospital.

Despite being overseas, Professor Chapman took time out of his busy schedule to send a message to Sian and Zac:

“Congratulations on your wedding, representing confidence in the future, just as our transplant program looks to the future through our clinical services, and our research”

We would like to thank Sian & Zac, and their Aunt Jeni for sharing their wonderful story with us, and for being so generous in investing in kidney and pancreas transplant research.

The program here at Westmead links research carried out at the Westmead Institute with transplants carried out within the hospital, and aims to translate research into clinical practice to provide better options for patients, slow progression of disease, and, where possible, to prevent renal disease and its complications.

If you would like to make a donation as a celebration of your marriage, or in lieu of birthday gifts, please contact Marlene Nasr on 8890 8152, or by email  WMRF Heart


Related linksWedding Bliss from Western Sydney Local Health District Facebook page – Wedding gesture helps fund transplant research from The Pulse

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