Memorial to be held for Jenna Lowe

2015-06-20 11:24
Organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe. (Facebook)

Organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe. (Facebook)

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2015-06-09 13:48

20-year-old Jenna Lowe passed away on Monday, six months after receiving a bilateral lung transplant. During her life, she lobbied for South Africans to become organ donors. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - A memorial service will be held on Saturday in Cape Town for organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe, who died earlier this month.

According to an open invitation from Jenna's family, the memorial would be held at Herschel Girls' Senior School sport centre at 14:30.

"We will commemorate and pay tribute to an extraordinary life," the family said in the invitation.

They asked that those attending wear "a touch of red" and bring something small to put into Jenna's memory box.

This could be anything from a quote, a card, picture or a wise word.

Jenna died on Monday June 5, aged 20. In 2012, aged 17, she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a degenerative, life-threatening condition, according to her website jennalowe.org.

Her “Get me to 21” campaign was intended to encourage people to sign up to become organ donors and help her find a new pair of lungs. She received a double lung transplant on December 10 2014.

Speaking to News24 a day after his daughter's death Stuart Lowe said Jenna made organ donorship her “crusade” after discovering how few organ donors there were in South Africa.

At the time, Lowe said over 20 000 people had signed up to become organ donors as a result of Jenna’s campaign and he anticipated that another 20 000 would sign up following her death.

As if to prove his point, by 11:50 on June 6, 4 922 people had signed up to become organ donors, according to a counter on her website, www.getmeto21.com, 40 minutes later this had increased to 4 950.

Samantha Nicholls, executive director of the Organ Donor Foundation had said a total of 17 476 people registered to become organ donors between October last year and March this year due to Jenna’s campaign and the additional media coverage.

This was almost double the 9 599 people who signed up in 2012/13.

About 4 300 adults and children were currently waiting for organ and cornea transplants in South Africa.

Less than 600 receive a transplant each year.

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