MUNDIJONG’S Georgia Lowry loves her horses.
And her equine buddies have helped her cope with a lifetime of medical treatment, including being the youngest person in Australia to have a bone marrow transplant and surviving cancer as a child.
“Pretty much before I could walk I was riding,” she said.
“My dad rode competitively and he did eventing. My parents put me on when I was one and I have been on ever since.”
She is also an inspiration to many people, which has seen her nominated for the WA Young Australian of the Year Award.
Ms Lowry also won the |Pride of Australia Medal in September,
“I won the Pride of Australia Medal and now I have been nominated for this,” she said.
“When I won the Pride of Australia Medal I was so shocked and lost for words.”
If she wins the WA Young Australian of the Year award, she will go on to be a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Award.
One of the reasons behind her nomination is her work with Camp Quality.
“I spent 16 years with them as a camper and the incredible generosity of the volunteers and organisers means the world to me,” she said.
“When I was of age to move on, I thought ‘I can’t leave this place’, so now I am a companion.”
Ms Lowry has had many medical treatments, including a bone marrow treatment when she was six months old, thanks to donations from her brother and sister. Doctors gave her just a 2 per cent chance of survival when she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.
Despite living with long-term health complications from the intense radiation and chemotherapy, she is still able to ride her horses, which means the world to her.
“I look at other kids with one arm and I sort of think I am living and I got four limbs, so I think I am lucky as they are much worse then me,” she said.
WA’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on November 8.
Award recipients will then join recipients from other states and territories as finalists for the national Awards, which will be held in Canberra on January 25.