Megan McLoughlin is the Founder and Director of the Herd of Hope. Megan is a mother of two kids under 5, she is tough, resilient, compassionate, inspirational and has been gifted with a great sense of humour. She is also legally blind, a double transplant recipient and is being treated for two forms of cancer.
Born with only one kidney Megan was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 8, Megan quickly discovered an inner toughness. “Being a young kid that rode horses, played sport and being raised on a farm, it was a bit of a shock. All of a sudden they are telling me I can’t do anything”. Don’t ever tell Megan she can’t do something, she’ll prove you wrong.
Aged 13, Megan rode her horses from Melrose in the Flinders Ranges where her family were living to Adelaide to raise awareness for Juvenile Diabetes. “We raised $25,000 and a lot of awareness. I road along King William Street, down Sir Donald Bradman Drive to the Diabetes Centre”. That was an unbelievable amount of money (and awareness) raised back then well before the Go Fund Me and social media platforms that exist today.
In her late 20’s, a keen horsewoman, Megan excelled at barrel racing and went on to win seven state titles, five national titles and a scholarship to a university in Georgia, America to compete as part of the college’s horse team. “I studied animal science, so pre-vet, large animal husbandry. I returned home and was employed by an animal health company, I was living in Sydney and loving my life!”