July 15, 2008
Heart Swop Jade is Our Golden Girl
By CAROLINE INNES
A TEENAGER who had a heart transplant at the age of three is celebrating sporting glory.
Jade Carr, from Runcorn, won five gold medals and a bronze in her first European Heart and Lung Games.
The 15-year-old recently returned from the event in Vichy, France, where she scooped gold in the 100m, the Long Jump, Badminton singles, Badminton doubles and the Table Tennis singles.
She also came third in the 4 x 100madult relay.
The Helsby High school pupil, who needed a new heart after being born with a condition called cardio my opathy, has won 20 medals over the past 10 years competing at national and international events.
Her proud mother Lynn said her daughter's success should be an inspiration to others.
Mrs Carr said: "She has organised a transplant table tennis competition at her club Halton TT and hopes to hold a Badminton competition in a few weeks time to help raise funds for the Transplant Sport UK Teen Team and to also raise awareness about how important and successful organ transplantation can be.
"During the games Jade ran the 4th leg of the relay in 14.81secs bringing the women's team back from last position at change over.
"She really did well. We are so proud of Jade.
"She is a great ambassador for Cheshire and the North West, not just for her sporting achievements but for raising awareness of how organ transplantation can change lives and how important it is for everyone to sign up and join the organ donor register.
"We will be eternally thankful to Jade's donor family, for their brave generosity 11 years ago.
"They gave her the greatest gift of all - the gift of life.
"Without it she would not be here today, living life to the full and acting as an inspiration to others."
To help boost Jade's fundraising efforts visit www.just giving.com/jadesmadovacatz
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