Wagga man Callum Price on a quest to boost organ donations

When Wagga man Callum Price was granted a new lease on life, he challenged himself to reach new feats year after year.

Last year, he donned the boxing gloves and jumped in the ring. This year, he made his first grade debut for Brothers.

And he has his sights set on another test of strength: encouraging more Australians to “give the gift of life”.

Mr Price is celebrating a milestone in his own life, having reached five years since he received a life-changing kidney transplant.

It relieved him of a serious medical condition known as kidney reflux.

“When I was 14 years old I quit all sports. I had to stop because I was so fatigued – I lost the motivation to do everything,” Mr Price said.

“If I had not gotten a new kidney I wouldn’t be the positive bloke that I am today.

“That’s not the road I wanted to go down.”

Mr Price, through his volunteering work with Kidney Health Australia, said he knows children who were in a similar situation to him.
“I’ve talked to a few of them who want a kidney that bad, but can’t because it’s not available to them,” he said.

“Their whole mindset on life is about this kidney. They want it because it allows them to do simple things that people take for granted like kicking a footy or swimming and even going to the toilet.”

According to the Organ and Tissue Authority, about 1,500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any time.

The authority said nearly 51 per cent of Australians don’t know the donation wishes of their loved ones.

Mr Price was lucky to have received a kidney from his mother – but he said many people waited longer because it was difficult to find a match.

“They are at an all-time low for kidney transplants,” Mr Price said.

“I do encourage (people register as organ donors). If you see these kids, you can see what a difference it makes to a life.

“It’s a big ask, but they really do need it.”

Mr Price’s plea comes as the medical community celebrates 50 years since the first kidney transplant in NSW was performed at the Prince Henry Hospital in Little Bay.

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