Growing up knowing she was adopted was difficult for Charlene Barr, struggling with issues over identity and not feeling like she belonged presented real problems which she battled to overcome.
However it was when she visited Uganda in 2008 that she realised she was not alone in this struggle. The connection she made with the children there was to change her whole outlook on life as she witnessed first hand how little they had.
The lightbulb moment came in 2009 when she was faced with the reality that in order to beat the Cystic Fybrosis which was increasingly restricting her life, she needed a double lung transplant.
Instead of focussing on her own worsening condition, she set her heart on doing something for the children she met in Uganda. If she couldn't go to school anymore - she was determined they would.
And so Charlene's Project was born.
She didn't have anybody in the first year of life, and we wanted to be there for her at the end of her lifeJanice Barr - Charlene's mum
Going to Uganda and meeting children who also struggled with illness, or issues over rejection and abandonment opened Charlene's eyes, and changed her perspective on life.
Arriving back to Northern Ireland Charlene often thought about those she met while in Maya district, remembering their struggles and positive outlook. Like many who have visited such places before, Charlene wanted to do something to help.
Little did she realise just where this desire would lead.
If I was born here, I wouldn't have survived...Charlene Barr
I loved Uganda and saw how little the children had. I want to make it possible for some children there to get an education.
That way my WAITING for a double lung transplant will have made their life better.
Thanks to everyone who has and is supporting me in accomplishing my dream.
Charlene: 16 October 2010. 14 days before she passed away
She finished her race so well...Dickie Barr - Charlene's dad