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National Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week

The organization I work for has a twice per week e-newsletter to keep people informed about the goings on of the organization, including important events and suchlike. When I opened this Thursday’s e-newsletter, there was a familiar face right at the top:

Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week

You may recognize that beautiful redhead as Eva Markvoort, the woman featured in the documentary 65_redroses (which I blogged about recently) and as the woman featured on the poster for the Longest Game for Cystic Fibrosis:

Eva’s likeness, in this case, is part of the promotion of National Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week (April 18-24). So, in the spirit of promoting awareness, here are a few facts about organ donation (take from the BC Transplant website):

  • There is a chronic shortage of hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers for transplant in BC as the need far outweighs the number of organs available for transplant. There are more than 300 British Columbians currently awaiting organ transplants and hundreds more awaiting corneal transplants.
  • Some organs that could be available for transplant are lost because the decision of the loved one is not known by their family.
  • Many of those waiting for a solid organ transplant die while waiting for a suitable transplant.
  • Survival rates of transplant patients continue to improve, providing recipients with an extended and high quality of life.
  • Transplants are cost-effective. For those with kidney disease, the average cost of dialysis treatment is $50,000 a year. By comparison, the one-time cost of a kidney transplant in BC is approximately $20,000, with an additional yearly cost of about $6,000 for anti-rejection medications.
  • Since 1968, when the first kidney transplant was performed in BC, more than 4,700 transplants have been performed in BC.
  • 1999 was the first year where more living donor kidney transplants were performed than deceased donor kidney transplants.

You can register as an organ donor at transplant.bc.ca and you can like them on Facebook .

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65_Redroses

As I mentioned in my first blog posting about the Longest Game for CF, one of the things this game will be is a tribute to legacy of Eva Markvoort.

Eva, who died just over a year ago while waiting for a second lung transplant (as her body rejected the first set of lungs she received), was the subject of award-winning documentary called 65_Redroses. Here’s the trailer:

And you can watch the entire documentary here. It’s an amazing film – you can practically feel Eva’s passion for life leaping at you from the screen.

And here’s a speech that Eva gave for a Toronto Gala – she wasn’t able to attend in person as this was after her body started to reject her lung transplant, so she recorded this speech (There’s nothing I can say that can even come close to her words about how important is it to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, so please check out this video!)

Please donate!