Manchester entrepreneur and GödelTech MD, Terry Bland, is running the Bupa Great Manchester 10k Run on 15th May in order to raise money for charity us here at Live Life Then Give Life and raise awareness of the importance of organ donation, in memory of his nephew, Jack Mclean, who died last week on his 19th birthday from a fatal brain bleed.
Jack was out celebrating his birthday at university when he suffered a bleed in his brain. After a three hour operation he was pronounced brain dead and his life support switched off. He had always wanted to be an organ donor and because he had made his wishes clear to family and friends, his organs were able to save the lives of five other people.
Jack aged just 19.
Terry said: “While it is a tragedy that Jack was taken from us so suddenly, his family is taking some comfort from the fact his generosity has given the gift of life to five other people, and helped another four.
“It vital for those wishing to donate organs after death to tell others, and it is much easier these days as you can register your wishes online with the NHS Organ Donor Register.
“Live Life Then Give Life’ does such an important job in making people aware of the significance of organ donation, as well as supporting transplant recipients. It is a fantastic charity and I hope to raise at least £5k for them, in memory of my nephew, through the Great Manchester Run and other activities I’ll be taking on throughout the year.”
Live Life Then Give Life was created to raise awareness of organ donation and the chronic lack of organ donors in the UK. We aim to encourage people to think and talk about organ donation.
LLTGL helps give those affected by transplant a voice within the media, educates the public and supports those in need of a vital transplant, which due to the terrible shortage of donors in the UK may never come.