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Organ Donation & Transplant Stories

Read stories of those whose lives have been affected by organ donation and transplant.

We know that the power of organ donation is best told through personal stories. So, we've collected stories of transplant recipients, donor families, and those closest to them to show how transplant and organ donation makes a difference throughout the province.

Have a connection to transplant? Want to share your story? Please see our 'Share Your Story' page for more information.



17. #50YearsofTransplant: Ciaran Martin<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Ciaran%20Martin.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />17. #50YearsofTransplant: Ciaran MartinChelsea Sonoda, a donor family member shares the story of her brother, Ciaran, who donated his organs when he passed away at the young age of 16 due to a car accident. Today, the entire family advocates for organ donation.
16. #50YearsofTransplant: Brian Parsons<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Brian%20Parsons.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />16. #50YearsofTransplant: Brian ParsonsBrian Parsons received a new heart 11 years ago. After his transplant, he has been able to go back to work as a firefighter, watch his grandkids grow up and ultimately have a new chance at life.
15. #50YearsofTransplant: Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Tom%20Blydt-Hansen.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />15. #50YearsofTransplant: Dr. Tom Blydt-HansenTransplantation is rapidly becoming the preferred treatment of choice for a variety of diseases. There has been a transformational shift in thinking about what constitutes post-transplant success with more attention being given to quality of life.
14. #50YearsofTransplant: Lannie Aquino and Sarah Kaigon<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/ICBC%20Story%20%20Sarah%20and%20Lannie.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />14. #50YearsofTransplant: Lannie Aquino and Sarah KaigonThis story highlights our partnership with ICBC and their dedicated staff who inform the public on the importance of organ donation. Lannie and Sarah share their experiences and personal reasons for supporting BC Transplant.
13. #50YearsofTransplant: Clare Bannon, Jane Kerr and Lynn Mori<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Clare,%20Lynn,%20Jane%20Final.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />13. #50YearsofTransplant: Clare Bannon, Jane Kerr and Lynn MoriClare, Jane and Lynn met 29 years ago working in the renal/transplant unit at VGH. This story shares their journey as they not only become best friends throughout the years, but they continue to support each other as strong advocates for organ donation.
12. #50YearsofTransplant: Kathleen Libelt and John Beddis<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Kathleen%20and%20John.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />12. #50YearsofTransplant: Kathleen Libelt and John BeddisIn this story we share the experience of a couple; a husband who gave the gift of life to his wife in the form of a kidney.
11. #50YearsofTransplant: Jeevan Kang<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Jeevan-%2050-in-50,%20final.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />11. #50YearsofTransplant: Jeevan KangAs we celebrate 50 years of transplant, along with donors, recipients, families and medical teams; BC Transplant staff play an important role in ensuring success of a transplant. Jeevan Kang shares her experience of being a Surgical Recovery Specialist.
10. #50YearsofTransplant: Megan Owens-Evans<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Megan%20Owen-Evans.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />10. #50YearsofTransplant: Megan Owens-EvansAs we continue to celebrate 50 years of donation and transplant in BC, we want to recognize the story of organ donors - living and deceased. Megan Owen-Evans gave life to a stranger by anonymously donating her kidney in 2013.
9. #50YearsofTransplant: Ian Sewell<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Ian%20Sewell.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />9. #50YearsofTransplant: Ian SewellIan Sewell received his liver transplant as an infant in Edmonton and has received post-transplant care for the past seven years at BC Children’s Hospital. His mother, Amanda Sewell, shares his story.
8. #50YearsofTransplant: Giving the Gift of Life this Holiday<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Holiday%20Story%20Picture.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />8. #50YearsofTransplant: Giving the Gift of Life this HolidayHappy Holidays! As the bustle of 2018 comes to a grinding halt and we prepare ourselves to partake in the festivities of the season; we invite you to consider the greatest gift you could give another this holiday season – the gift of life.

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