Aaron Mackrill receiving his Rio Tinto Alcan Community Service Award. Credit: Awards Australia

The 2008 Tasmanian young achiever of the year, Aaron MacKrill passed away at the age 29 on Sunday after battling with cystic fibrosis.

Aaron Mackrill was the president of Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania and was not expected to live past his teens when he was diagnosed with the condition himself.

However, he was given a second chance at life when he received a double lung transplant and he went on to qualify as a registered nurse.

In recognition of his work for raising awareness about cystic fibrosis, diabetes and organ donation, he was given the title for the 2008 Tasmanian young achiever of the year.

He lost the battle with the condition on Anzac Day due to complications associated with cystic fibrosis.

Scott Lancaster, president of Cystic Fibrosis said, Aaron's determination and strength of character in overcoming personal adversity was also recognized when he was awarded the Pride of Australia courage medal.

He was an inspiration to all those who knew him because he refused to let 'a little thing like CF' stop him from achieving great things.