Profiles of Life
Organ donation is changing lives for the better in Canada and around the world. The following inspirational submissions come from real transplant recipients who are the Living Proof!
2014 Life Changing Train for Heroes in support of organ donation.
Rocky Mountaineer’s second annual Life Changing Train for Heroes travelled to Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada earlier this fall with 13 families onboard; organ donors, recipients and the organizations who support them. Our special guests from Australia, the USA, the UK and Canada were hosted by Randy Powell, President & CEO of Rocky Mountaineer. These families were honoured for their courage, spirit in the face of adversity and commitment to raising awareness for the global need for organ and tissue donation. The series of 4 videos vividly illustrates some of the challenges and joys of this complex and important issue.
Meet the Talbot family who suffered a tragic loss when Jonathon Talbot was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident. In that moment, they made a selfless decision that gave life to four others. Hear their incredible story and watch the Talbot’s moving journey onboard the Life Changing Train for Heroes.
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Learn more about our 2014 heroes at rockymountaineer.com/heroes
Our daughter Ryley was born in June 2005 and, other than deciding to join us a few weeks early, she appeared to be a healthy baby girl. We took Ryley to all her doctor’s visits and had the health nurse to our home and no one saw any indications that anything was wrong. But when Ryley was two months old, she started to vomit and was making a little sighing noise when she was breathing.
My Name is Angie Essery
I had my first transplant in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children (called SickKIds or HSC for short) in 1990 when I was a teenager. I just went to the celebration last week on the 40th anniversary of Kidney Transplantation and got to meet Donna Fleming which made me so happy!
When many transplant recipients first hear about the World Transplant Games they think,"I could never do anything like that." They think that the games are very competitive, and only superb athletes can participate. This is only true for some countries, however anyone can join Team Canada to participate.
CTA Members Introduced into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame
On Tuesday Nov 21, 2000, the 20th Annual Induction Ceremonies at the Brampton Centre for Sports and Entertainment, will be honouring 5 recipients from Brampton. Both Stevan Krajnjan and Dick Winter, Organ Transplant Recipients, were selected for their personal accomplishments over the years.
As a Rookie on the Canadian Transplant Games team I would like to extend thanks to the "Veterans" and fellow athletes for making the games a success. It was a wonderful experience to celebrate my ONE year "Transplant anniversary" on the Opening Day of the 8th World Transplant Games in Budapest, Hungary.
The Devine Ms. C
A Newfoundlander who'd had a transplant asked if I'd ever heard of any such thing as a transplant games. So I phoned the Kidney Foundation in Montreal (headquarters for the games then), and they told me all about them. At that time they were just called the Kidney Transplant Olympics.