Sahuarita, Ariz. – Rancho Sahuarita had its annual Health Fair on Saturday March 11th, which was filled with booths from different health vendors, a train for children and even a castle bounce house. Residents agreed that this was a wonderful family event to make them aware of what is available in our area.
José Montes, a local resident attending the fair, noted that among the booths, one person stood out among the rest; that was Jazmyn Creason.
Creason, 18 was sponsoring a booth for Donate Life to help everyone register to be an organ donor. Creason’s mother Lisa explained that Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Division doesn’t keep track of organ donation records well, so Donate Life helps them with this important responsibility.
So why would Creason give up her Saturday morning to be at a fair? She said, “I had a liver transplant a year ago. The boy who gave me his liver was 18 and in a car accident. What was amazing about him is that he was able to give all of his organs, saving five adults and three children.”
Creason explained her story, “Two years ago I was diagnosed with Caroli’s disease, which is a very rare inherited disorder characterized by dilatation of the intrahepatic bile ducts. Also, from Caroli’s, I have been diagnosed with ARPKD, which is autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. My kidneys are working at 60%, and holding strong. I may need to have a kidney transplant as well, but for now I’m glad to be home.”
“I have been to six children’s hospitals all over the country, and I wanted to find a way to give back. My mom and I started helping out with Donate Life, and then a group of philanthropists approached me asked me to be the spokeswoman for Jazmyn’s Lunch Break.”
Jazmyn’s Lunch Break is a way for children, their families and volunteers to get together for a relaxing lunch, a break away from all the medical problems that the child is facing. Creason’s original goal was to sign up a 100 people to help towards the cause. She now has over 1,000 and is hoping for more.
So how does this young girl do it all? Her advice, “Always stay positive and keep your faith.”
As the spokesperson for Jazmyn’s Lunch Break, she has spoken all over Tucson, including at the University of Arizona, Raytheon Missile Systems and several church groups. Creason is a senior at Sahuarita High School and will graduate this spring.
If you wish to learn more or to donate please visit http://jazmyncreason.com/.