Courtney's Quest - all the stories

The Keast family.

The Keast family.

Here's a collection of all the stories published by the Bendigo Advertiser in the Courtney's Quest series...

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Learn more about Courtney's Quest

PLEDGE BOOK: Please register when you submit an organ donation form

ORIGINAL STORY: The must-have conversation

FEATURE: Courtney Keast - giving life after death

EDITORIAL: Courtney's Quest - can you help?

COLUMN: A Case In Point - confession: I've lost the form


Repaying the debt 

Organ recipient Zeke Harrison was too sick to come to his own fundraising event. 

As the smiling boy lay in the hospital on Saturday overcoming a stomach bug, his family and hundreds of others came together in Wycheproof to raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital. 

Find the family's heartfelt story here

3BO's Beck signs up as organ donor

Beck Chalmer was so moved by Courtney's Quest, she finally made the decision to register as an organ donor. 

The 3BO breakfast host is one of 1532 new donors the Bendigo Advertiser aims to sign up in 30 days as part of Courtney's Quest. 

Wave of support for family

The Kyneton and Malmsbury cricket clubs have set aside their rivalry and joined with Australian celebrities on Friday to raise $15,000 for the Keast family. 

The clubs - along with the Kyneton Football and Netball Club - banded together to organise a celebrity versus locals Twenty20 cricket benefit match.

Read about the event here and here.  

Gifted with lifetime of love

Married couple Claire and Ian Stubber didn't think they'd live past 20. 

With grim diagnoses from doctors - who outlined a short lifespan for both Claire and Ian due to chronic diseases - only an organ transplant could prevent their fate. 

Read their story here

Remembering Courtney

There will be a lifetime of memories and love to celebrate when more than 100 people come together and walk for Courtney Keast. 

Mum Jodie will step back into the world and her new reality with the support of her family and friends after losing her daughter in a boating accident earlier this year. 

Read about the Run for Kids team - Courtney's Crew.

Generosity prevails even in times of grief

Dozens of teddy bears donated to the Royal Children's Hospital will help bring comfort to children in their most vulnerable times. 

Courtney Keast's mum Jodie asked community members to bring teddy bears to her daughter's funeral - to be cuddled by her friends during the service and later donated to the hospital. 

Read more here

Mum finds strength in community 

Jodie Keast never wanted to become an organ donor ambassador, nor did she want a reason to be featured in the paper. 

But now she is finding the strength to make people talk about the things they don't want to talk about - to ensure her daughter's life wasn't taken in vain. 

Trust debunks myths on donating organs

Thinking you're too old or too unhealthy are two of the greatest myths preventing people registering as organ donors, according to the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust.

Vice-president Louisa Walsh talks about the most common misconceptions here.  

Cafe Thirty8 backs quest

CAFE THIRTY8 owner Jenny Jones is encouraging staff to register as organ donors, after losing her son several years ago. 

His organs weren't able to be donated - a fact that always saddened Ms Jones.

Addy calls for support 

BENDIGO Advertiser staff have thrown their support behind Courtney's Quest and called on other central Victorian businesses to follow the lead. 

Read more here

Bendigo Advertiser staff get involved.

Bendigo Advertiser staff get involved.

Inspired to act 

Bendigo's Debbie Ross' organ donation form sat on her fridge for more than a year, until one little girl's story inspired her to fill it out. 

Ever since she started cleaning the Bendigo Cemetery, Ms Ross has been thinking of death. She shares her story.

Bendigo's Debbie Ross has followed in Courtney's footsteps.

Bendigo's Debbie Ross has followed in Courtney's footsteps.

Couple keen to help raise awareness

When Jason and Kelly Turley read about Courtney's Quest, they decided to help out. Read about their upcoming event here

Jason and Kelly Turley have organised a community event on the back of Courtney's Quest.

Jason and Kelly Turley have organised a community event on the back of Courtney's Quest.

Beccky backs Courtney's Quest campaign 

Beccky Johns is healthy now, but will rely on an organ donor to save her life again in the future. 

She has a genetic disorder that causes her kidneys to fail and has received a kidney from her mum and dad in the past. 

She has thrown her support behind Courtney's Quest.

Kidney recipient Beccky Johns has backed Courtney's Quest.

Kidney recipient Beccky Johns has backed Courtney's Quest.

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