Past Student Transplant Hero Gives Back

Article in the Courier Mail, 1 November 2013, page 30, by Brittany Vonow.

Obstacles are there to be beaten for Monty Summers.

The young man was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at 17 and forced to fight for his life just weeks before Year 12 exams.

Six months of intensive treatment followed before he was given the lifeline he needed - a bone marrow donation that saved his life. Now Mr Summers is determined to give back to those who gave to him.

"I want to show people what they can do with a second chance by doing well," he said.

"I'm still focused on getting back there and helping people."

At 24, Mr Summers has competed at the World Transplant Games twice, breaking records in the 1500m, 400m and 800m.

He also ran from Brisbane to Longreach fundraising for Transplant Australia.

But his quest hasn't been without its own struggles, with his father Charlie Summers suffering a haemorrhage in South Africa on the closing night of this year's World Transplant Games.  He died two weeks later.

Now the young man is more determined to raise thousands for Transplant Australia's Health and Wellbeing Camps for adults and kids suffering from blood, kidney, liver, heart and lung disease.

Transplant Australia Queensland Chairman Matty Hempstalk said it was hoped the camps would start early next year.  To donate go to everdayhereo.com.au/transplant_australia_queensland