Jenna Lowe was an incredible South Afri-CAN who inspired a nation & created real change.
Jenna suffered from a rare lung disorder called pulmonary hypertension & was told at the age of 19, that without a double lung transplant she would not live to 21.
She decided to start a campaign, called #GetMeTo21, Jenna created a website and posted a video to YouTube in which she asked everyone who watched to become an organ donor & in return invited all donors to her 21st birthday.
Brent Lindeque & #TheGoodStuff team spoke to Jenna a week after she started her campaign. Listen to the incredible interview below.
Combining two dreams, Jenna wanted to make a difference by raising awareness about organ donation in South Africa & to live to see her 21st birthday.
More than 5 000 people signed up directly from Jenna’s own website & more than that, she inspired more than 30 000 people to register as organ donors… with that number still climbing.
“Because, the more people there are, & the more people that sign up now, the more likely it is that I will be able to join you.”
Jenna finally received her transplant, but she tragically passed away from complications arising from the major operation.
Jenna Lowe was announced as the National Lead SA Youth Hero of 2015 during the #ChangeMakers conference, & there was not a dry eye in the house.
Lowe recieved the award posthumously, 9 weeks after she passed on. Her parents were present to recieve the award in her stead.
“She was a true leader, our Jenna was a hero.”
“Her campaign was not about her 21st birthday, this was about a young South African realising in horror that the home of the South African heart transplant has less than 0,3% organ donation”
Her mom, Gabi, appealed to everyone to become a change maker right now, by visiting the website & signing up as an organ donor for Jenna.
“Its easy to make a difference, you just need to live, eat it, breath it”
For more info, to get involved with her foundation visit or to register as an organ donor click here.