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Last Updated: Thursday April 13 2006 07:56 GMT

My ski trip of a lifetime!

Abbey
Tackers is an adventure camp for kids around the world who have had organ transplants.

Children can take part in activities such as skiing, snowboarding, dog sleighing and paragliding.

But as well as having fun, the camp is designed to raise awareness of organ donation and life after having transplants.

Abbey, who has received a heart transplant, recently went skiing and in her report she tells us why the trip has meant so much to her.

"Four years ago I was struck down with cardiomyopathy, a muscle wasting virus which attacks the heart.

I was put on the top of the super urgent transplant list for all of Europe.

In April 2002 I was given a heart transplant.

New friends

Since then I have been very healthy and got invited to go on a skiing trip to Switzerland along with about 60 other children from around the world who had all had transplants.

I got the chance to go skiing, snow shoeing and meet other transplantees for a whole week.

It meant a lot to me to be able to go on the trip because if I hadn't got my new heart I wouldn't be here at all.

Normal teenager

Some children who have transplants can't do much sport but luckily for me I can do pretty much the same amount as a normal teenager.

As I had never been skiing before it was all new and I spent quite a while falling over before I got the hang of it.

But the best thing about the camp was meeting loads of new people and hanging out with them.

It was the best week of my whole life!"

Abbey, 13, Leicestershire


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