YspeopleExplore tab

Here's why Mark Brewer is all heart


7ace78c875a83cc7ef7922813b1873bd

About Transplant Australia

Transplant Australia is a national charity representing transplant recipients, donor families, living donors, and all those touched by organ/tissue donation and transplantation.

Transplant Australia is committed to raising awareness of the need to increase organ donor rates in Australia.


Ten years after receiving a heart transplant, Tasmanian Mark Brewer is reaching new dizzy heights.

While much of Australia has been baking over summer and coping with the constant threat of bush fires, Launceston’s Mark Brewer is this week taking on some different extremes.

Mark Brewer is an inspiration.

Mark Brewer is an inspiration.

Mark is representing Australia at the 10th  in Anzere in the Swiss Alps, some 2500m above sea level. Almost 200 competitors from 24 countries including Great Britain, the USA, many European countries and smaller countries such as Nepal and Kazakhstan are in Switzerland for the week-long celebration of the success of organ and tissue donation. Participants include those with heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow transplants.

Read more from Transplant Australia: Transplant athletes flying flag for organ donation

It is a real challenge for the 59-year-old, who celebrates the 10th anniversary of his heart transplant next month.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to compete at this age, still being able to get out there and enjoy the good health because of my heart transplant,” Mark said. “Living life to the full demonstrates that you can have a normal life after a transplant and that gift is amazing.

“I have been able to do my full-time job, to enjoy a life that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t receive that transplant. We are so grateful to our donors for what they have done for us.”

It wasn't always that way. At just 32, Mark was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition. Three heart attacks, five pacemakers and 17 years later, his heart tissue was so badly damaged that only a transplant would save him. He received the call from The Alfred Hospital 10 years ago and now he is determined to celebrate every moment, including the World Transplant Winter Games with his wife Ailsa.

 CEO and President of the , Chris Thomas, said Mark was a shining example of a transplant recipient who took his rehabilitation and ongoing health seriously.

“I am very privileged to be here in Anzere, and to see Mark racing down the ski slopes in the slalom events is truly inspiring. Just coping with the altitude with a heart transplant is impressive, but to be exerting yourself in pursuit of a gold medal is stunning,” Chris said.

“He is certainly doing Launceston, Tasmania and Australia proud, and is living proof of the importance of discussing organ and tissue donation with your family, and signing on to the .

 makes a difference to others, enabling many to go on and live heathy, fulfilled lives.

Chris said: “All the recipients (at the World Transplant Winter Games) owe their lives to someone else. There are so many languages being spoken in the village this week, but the one bond that unites us all is the generosity of the human spirit.”

Banner 1
| Your rating
No ratings yet


Related stories

WA PCYC North West Metropolitan Program .

WA PCYC North West Metropolitan Program

WA PCYC delivers truckloads of fun to youth in North West Metro Area

Noble Schools Charity Service Police PCYC
Expand
2 months ago
(Kindness)
These recipients are proving that organ donation is life.

Transplant athletes flying flag for organ donation

For proof of the benefits of organ and tissue donation, you need look no further than these elite athletes.

Fitness Health Support a Cause Sport
Expand
3 months ago
(Kindness)
Young people from the Kalgoorlie PCYC Friday night Safe Space program leave their mark on the mural.

Youth projects unearthing gold in Kalgoorlie

A stunning mural of an iconic Goldfields landmark is just one of many new projects underway for Kalgoorlie PCYC.

Kindness Community Support a Cause
Expand
3 months ago
(Kindness)
photo credit @geoff.

Why invest in women and girls?

As we celebrate International Women's Day today, we'd love you to ponder this Desmond Tutu quote, which we totally agree with.

Kindness Community Support a Cause
Expand
3 months ago
(Kindness)
In rural Rwanda .

What is social justice?

On the international calendar, today is the World Day of Social Justice. Here at Foxglove Project, we are reflecting on what...

Food Community Support a Cause
Expand
4 months ago
(Kindness)
Helping families in need at Christmas.

You're a generous bunch. Thankyou!

The results from our 2017 Christmas Appeal are in and we’re excited to say that it was our most successful appeal yet.

Food Community Support a Cause
Expand
4 months ago
(Kindness)
Donate food or toys in the Hawaiian Giving Boxes in Hawaiian Shopping Centres in Perth.

Perth digs deep to help families in need this Christmas

Hawaiian Giving Boxes help two worthy WA charities, Foodbank WA and Anglicare WA, provide a brighter Christmas to local...

Giving Christmas Social causes Charity
Expand
6 months ago
(Kindness)
Foxglove's first book 'Twenty Reasons to Believe".

Foxglove Project's inspirational book available now

Foxglove's first book is available now and truly inspirational.

Social causes Charity
Expand
6 months ago
(Kindness)
Kirstie conquers Kokoda.

Junior Legatee conquers Kokoda Track

Young trailblazer Kirstie Morrison flies the flag for Legacy Australia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign.

Community Kindness Support a Cause
Expand
6 months ago
(Kindness)

Have your say!

Your Great Australians

Trending stories
Suzuki's cute little Ignis SUV has a lot going for it.

Review: 2017 Suzuki Ignis GL and GLX

Japanese car maker Suzuki,...

(Pastimes) 11 months ago
When it comes to great bloggers you can connect with, this list has you covered.

20 mature bloggers worth following

Looking for Australian...

(Entertainment & Culture) About 1 year ago
It's the base model.

A sting in its tail - the 2018 Kia Stinger 200 S

Unless you’ve been hiding...

(Pastimes) About 2 months ago
Top Indonesian chef Chandra Yudasswara will be cooking up a secret storm for Taste Great Southern.

Celebrity chef set for a Secret Affair in Great Southern

Take one of Indonesia's top...

(Epicure) 5 months ago
This mandarin duck has spectacular colours (Image uploaded to reddit by u/Danjv1234).

Else>>>esome photos of nature from the internet

The world we live in is...

(Pastimes) 5 months ago
Weekly Poll
Photographic memories
Hizgg0vzzqvwc9xicknk
It's 35 years since the Ash Wednesday bushfires in South Australia and Victoria claimed 75 lives and more than 2500 buildings.