#GetMeTo21: Jenna Lowe loses her battle
The 20-year-old lost her battle with a rare, degenerative lung disease on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG - Jenna Lowe, a 20-year-old from Cape Town, who was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, has passed away.
Diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a degenerative and life-threatening condition at 17, Lowe's health deteriorated to a point where she was actively listed for a double lung transplant.
By the age of 19, it became clear that she needed a lung transplant if she was going to make it to her 21st birthday.
Lowe first became a well-known name when she started a campaign called ' Get Me to 21', aimed at finding a donor.
She created a website and posted a video to YouTube in which she asked everyone who watched to become an organ donor and in return invited all donors to her 21st birthday, if she made it.
Combining two dreams, Jenna wanted to make a difference by raising awareness about organ donation in South Africa and to live to see her 21st birthday.
Two months after meeting Jenna, and two years since her diagnosis, Lead SA announced that Lowe, through her own persistence and creativity, found a donor. Lowe was also the Western Cape Lead SA Youth Hero for October 2014.
On the evening of 11 December 2014, Jenna made her way to Johannesburg to undergo the operation.
Unfortunately, the talented, vibrant 20-year-old passed away on Monday.
Meanwhile on social media, Lowe has been hailed a hero and described as South Africa's angel.
- Sumaya (@sumykola) June 9, 2015
RIP Jenna Lowe. South Africa has lost an Angel, and the legacy you leave behind is just inspiring.
- Shilubana (@Sphamandla94) June 9, 2015
JENNA LOWE May your Soul Rest In Peace #GetMeTo21
- Da Real Master Less (@Lesego_junior) June 9, 2015
What a fantastic soul!
So vibrant, loving and lively through all the soldiering...
RIP Jenna Lowe
- Julian Bailey (@kwetsa_89) June 9, 2015
- Nicole Coutinho (@NF_Coutinho) June 9, 2015
RIP Jenna Lowe. https://t.co/U4Ptbxg2xE
- Ilsa Sonnemann (@IlsaSonn) June 9, 2015
In loving memory of Jenna Lowe.
- Expresso Show (@expressoshow) June 9, 2015