LIVING TO THE FULL: Leah Andersen with her partner Ross Jenner at Saturday’s fundraiser.
LIVING TO THE FULL: Leah Andersen with her partner Ross Jenner at Saturday’s fundraiser. Barclay White

Helping fund Leah’s last wish

LEAH Andersen knows she does not have much time left.

The Benarkin woman's life has always been a battle against the clock since she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just six weeks old.

But it was the news earlier this year that her body was rejecting her transplanted lungs that set the clock running.

"They said you've got two to four years," Ms Andersen said.

"They basically said go home, sort everything out."

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, kidney and liver.

In Ms Andersen it caused mucus to build up in her lungs to the point where they were down to 20% capacity.

In 2012 when she got her lung transplant it was hoped that would it help her troubled body.

But even with a best-case scenario, doctors were saying it would only give her an extra 10 years of life.

When the rejection became apparent it was hoped she might be able to get another transplant, but because of damage to her kidneys it was ruled out.

"It was devastating," she said.

She wants to make the most of what time she has and do what she has missed out on.

Because of constant medical problems, she never really found the time to travel.

"It's one of those things you put off and put off, and then all of a sudden you don't have much time," she said.

She had hoped to climb the Great Wall of China, but flying is not possible for her due to her lung capacity.

"I thought a cruise would be a nice way to see the other side of Australia as well," she said.

Her friend Tracey Snell wants to make sure her dream comes true and is raising funds for a cruise holiday across Australia for her.

Friends and family packed into the Blackbutt Memorial Hall on Saturday for a night of music and dancing, with all the money going to Leah's cause.

"I feel so loved, and sometimes I feel a little guilty," she said.

Visit https://www.gofundme com/9x8x4sjw to donate.

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