‘My transplant has transformed my life.’
Michelle’s Lungs4Life raises awareness of organ donation, educating the public and particularly ethnic minority communities.
What is Michelle’s Lungs4Life?
For almost half her life, Lungs4Life founder, Michelle Hemmings, suffered with interstitial lung disease (pulmonary Fibrosis) and mild pulmonary hypertension, and was on oxygen for about five years. At 46, her life was saved by a lung transplant, and she is now able to do so many things that she couldn’t do for so long, even walking 1.8 miles in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games.
Michelle now wants to inspire many more donors and recipients and is raising money through Michelle’s Lungs4Life to raise awareness and educate about organ donation. Michelle delivers talks about her personal story in the community, particularly focusing on ethnic minority groups, where there is often a stigma or lack of knowledge surrounding organ donation. With Max and Kiera’s law coming in 2020, it is more important than ever that people are aware of exactly what organ donation means.
Michelle’s Lungs4Life also hopes to encourage more people to sign up to the organ donation register list.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Funding from LoveBrum would support the work of Michelle’s Lungs4Life as they would be able to purchase more promotional materials, increasing awareness and also allowing Michelle to deliver even more talks.
Where can people go to find out more about Michelle’s Lungs4Life?
Michelle Hemmings, Founder
For more information on organ donation, please visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision