Woman awaiting liver transplant launches Crazy Pants Challenge to raise awareness of organ donor opt-out campaign

July 1, 2017
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A Milford woman has devised a fun idea to help call on the government to change legislation so that people opt out of organ donation, rather than opt in.

Lucinda Parker Roberts has set up the Crazy Pants Challenge and is asking people to support her initiative and sign the organ donation register.

She is also backing the Mirror’s Change the Law for Life campaign , urging readers to sign a petition asking Prime Minister Theresa May to “switch to opt out organ donation and save thousands of lives”.

The Mirror launched its campaign on Friday (June 30) for changes to organ donation laws in the UK.

The petition states: “At the moment, adults who want to donate their organs after death have to opt in through the donor card system.

“The Mirror is calling for a change in the law which would mean consent was presumed – unless someone opts out.”

Already 3,980 people have signed the online petition .

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Raising awareness of organ donation

In her YouTube video Miss Parker Roberts, wearing a pair of Wonder Woman knickers on her head, says: “I am on the liver transplant waiting list.

“Having seen the success of the ice bucket challenge I want to raise awareness of the lack of organs in the UK and the fact that every day three people are dying.

“There are over 6,000 people who have their lives on hold like me.

“Find your craziest pair of knickers and put them on in a crazy way and take a picture and then tag some people in it.

“Wales and Scotland, they are all doing the thing of presumed consent, now it’s our opportunity.

“Embrace the crazy knickers.”

The campaigner also stressed the importance of organ donations.

Lucinda Parker Roberts from Milford in her YouTube video for the Crazy Pants Challenge
(Photo: UGC)

She said: “Organ transplants are beyond important to me because not only does it mean a chance of life for someone who is only 32.

“It’s going to give the opportunity to so many people who have their lives put on hold to actually be able to live their lives and become contributors to society again, which they are not at the second.”

The 32-year-old hopes her initiative can go viral and spread the word across the globe, as well as urging people to sign the petition.

Miss Parker Roberts initially helped raise awareness about organ donation after she decided to donate her wedding dress to charity when her and her partner broke up before their big day.


When she was 17, Miss Parker Roberts was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition called autoimmune hepatitis.

Due to her liver not working, toxins are going to her brain causing confusion, forgetfulness, mood changes, poor concentration and in extreme cases, seizures.

She now has irreversible cirrhosis and is on the liver transplant list.

According to NHS Blood and Transplant, 640 people across the UK have received a transplant since April 1 2017.

The number of people currently waiting for a transplant currently stands at 6,337.

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/woman-awaiting-liver-transplant-launches-13267471


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