Organ Donation, 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.

2014 was Rocky Mountaineer’s second annual Life Changing Train for Heroes where they travelled to Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada with 13 families onboard; organ donors, recipients and the organizations who support them. 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. Their series of 4 videos vividly illustrates some of the challenges and joys of this complex and important issue.


Talbot Family, Train for Heroes

The Talbot Family

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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Profiles of Life:

Share Your Wishes
3/10/2019 4:30:36 PM

It is important to talk to your family and share your wishes to be an organ donor....

Braden's Story
3/10/2019 4:22:00 PM

The gift of life has given so much to Braden and his family....

Trevor's Story
12/15/2016 10:08:26 AM

I never dreamed that I would be able to play hockey again but, six months later... Anyone who has undergone an organ transplant or is still on a waiting list knows what it’s like to anxiously await ...

Ryley's Story
3/16/2017 1:10:02 PM

Ryley is living life to the fullest and having more experiences than most people have living into old age. Our daughter Ryley was born in June 2005 and, other than deciding to join us a few weeks early, she ...

Heather's Story
12/15/2016 10:36:48 AM

I am so grateful for my new kidney and my second chance at life. My name is Heather Hockley and I live in Cranbrook, British Columbia. In 2008 I was diagnosed with renal failure and quickly required regular ...

Vera's Story
3/16/2017 1:16:51 PM

February 3 is my kidney day but it is also my birthday, so on my 51st birthday an angel delivered my gift all wrapped up in a miracle. I call it my 'pocket kidney.' It was a cold Tuesday afternoon on February ...

Alia & Mychelle's Story
3/16/2017 1:19:42 PM

'Mother and daughter are doing fine,' has been my partner Shelagh's response to many well-wishers these past few days. October 20, 1998, 'a gift of life' was offered as doctors transplanted my left kidney into ...

Amy's Story
3/16/2017 1:30:18 PM

Just over a year ago my dad, Rowland, had a liver transplant. He was not able to wait for a cadaver so my Aunt Nancy, his sister, donated her liver. My name is Amy Baxendale and just over a year ago my dad, Rowland, ...

Angie's Story
3/16/2017 1:26:06 PM

You have to look at the good experiences and keep on going as well as help others around you! I had my first transplant in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children (called SickKIds or HSC for short) in 1990 when I was ...

Anonymous Poem
3/16/2017 2:20:32 PM

It's never too late just to say it, to reach across boundaries and care to tell from your heart how you value their gift, their decision to share. It's never too late just to say it, To reach across boundaries and care ...

Brampton Sports Hall of Fame
3/16/2017 2:11:06 PM

Both Stevan Krajnjan and Dick Winter, Organ Transplant Recipients, were selected for their personal accomplishments over the years. On Tuesday Nov 21, 2000, the 20th Annual Induction Ceremonies at the Brampton Centre for ...

Brian's Story
3/16/2017 1:38:24 PM

Although it was a very difficult time when he passed, knowing that he may help others was a wonderful thought. My father in law passed away suddenly on August 24th, 2007. He was only 51 years old and had always supported ...