Undergoing more than 20 operations and surviving major organ failure would take its toll on anybody. But Helen Haynes not only survived these life-challenging experiences… she fought her way back to a successful working and sporting life, winning gold medals at the World Transplant Games and mastering her charity and professional speaking career.
Helen was a determined and talented tennis player with a very promising future when she was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 20 – the result of taking too many anti-inflammatories while coping with training injuries. Helen endured years of ill-health, fighting for her life, before the generosity of not one, but two organ donors – including her own mother – ultimately saved and transformed her life. Now running her own business as a public speaking consultant and professional speaker, Helen shared her remarkable story in a candid and very moving way.
Born in South Africa, Helen has achieved international success as a professional speaker, charity fundraiser and most recently as a businesswoman. Her passion is to make a difference in the world after facing life-threatening kidney failure at just 20. It ended her promising sporting career, changed her perspective and teaching her compassion and strength. Using her positive spirit, Helen has raised millions for charities in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom. She now empowers professionals to share their message with passion and power through her public speaking, coaching and training business.
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