Ryan Dobinson is travelling to South America today to take part in an international sporting event after raising £3,500.
And the Ponteland resident is hoping to replicate the form he showed at the recent British Transplant Games in Gateshead when he won three gold medals.
Born with a debilitating kidney condition, his doctors feared a matching donor may never be found as he had a rare tissue type.
But when he became very poorly and a transplant was needed, his mum Gill Childs stepped forward and tests revealed that she was a match.
After a successful operation at the RVI in Newcastle in November 2010, Ryan has gone on to lead a full and active life and he has achieved UK success over the last few years.
At the World Transplant Games in Argentina, which start next week, the 20-year-old will participate in the ball throw, discus, javelin, long jump and shot put events in the 18-29 age category. He is also a member of the 4x100m relay squad.
Ryan and Gill organised a few activities to raise funds. The main one was a restaurant night at Fratelli in Ponteland – more than 100 tickets were sold.
Gill said: “We’re very excited because the time in Argentina will be a phenomenal experience for Ryan and this is his first opportunity to represent Great Britain at a transplant games.
“The £3,500 includes flights, accommodation and other expenses such as competition fees and we’re grateful to Fratelli for hosting the restaurant night, Barclays Bank for providing match funding for this event and three staff members to run the raffle and tombola, and the local businesses that gave us very generous raffle prizes.
“We received £250 from the Ponteland Mayor’s Fund (Coun Carl Rawlings) and other donations from Ponteland Rotary Club, Senior Gentleman’s Club and United Reformed Church. He has also had great support from grandma and granddad Joyce and David Childs.”
At the British Transplant Games, Ryan won gold in the ball throw, javelin and discus and bronze in the shot put.