Shane Gibson

Shane Gibson’s remarkable journey of survival against all odds began at age seven when he was diagnosed with an extremely rare and potentially life-ending blood disorder. Through a series of medical adventures which include but are not limited to a bone marrow-transplant, a stroke, multiple heart attacks, end-stage renal-failure, dialysis, and a combined heart and kidney transplant, Shane tells his story of exceptional lows and momentous highs in his forthright, humorous and down-to-earth manner. It is a story to give you goose-bumps, to move you to tears, and to have you roaring with laughter. His continued balancing act along the precipice of life and death has provided an appreciation of living life to the fullest. Hearing his story will help you regain an appreciation for everyday living and the gift of life.

His involvement in CanTeen through his teenage years enabled him to support and empower other young people who were dealing with life-threatening situations, and his involvement with the organisation culminated in him being appointed National President in 1999.

After undergoing his heart and kidney transplant in October 2007, Shane has not looked back. Nearing completion of a PhD in Leadership, he has represented his province in Lawn Bowls, and makes the most of every moment of wellness that he has.

Shane is currently based in Canberra doing his PhD, expected to be finished in 2014.