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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rockymountaineer.com/heroes

Profiles of Life:

Carol's Story
3/16/2017 2:37:12 PM

As I stood on the block and leaned forward to have my very first medal placed around my neck, I was crying. It was time again to go to the World Transplant Games. It was 1989 and soon I would be in a ...

Carol's Story
3/16/2017 2:48:54 PM

I find it possible to make long-reach plans, but knowing that life can throw its curves in, I want to really live to the extent of my abilities. A Newfoundlander who'd had a transplant asked if I'd ever ...

Catherine's Story
3/16/2017 1:34:38 PM

I have a wonderful story about how my older sister saved our father's life by donating 70% of her liver to him. Out of four children my older sister and brother were the only two candidates, as I was unwell ...

Catherine's Story
3/16/2017 1:21:59 PM

In July of 2003 I was given a second chance at life when My husband unselfishly gave me one of his kidneys. It was somthing he didn't give a second thought about. When no one in my immediate family was able ...

Debbie's Story
3/16/2017 1:51:28 PM

I am a Donor Mom and it's been over 114 months since my son gave the Incredible Gift of Life and Tissue to 32 people. I pray everyday for all his recipients and would love to hear from them so much! If you are ...

Ian's Observations
3/16/2017 2:00:41 PM

The following is an observation made by Ian Mingay while participating in his first World Transplant Games in 1991. The following is an observation made by Ian Mingay while participating in his first World Transplant ...

Janet's Story
3/16/2017 2:39:43 PM

January 11th, 1991 was the first day of training, 4 1/2 months after my liver transplant. I had not been able to swim for two years. As a Rookie on the Canadian Transplant Games team I would like to extend thanks to the ...

Jen's Poem
3/16/2017 1:56:50 PM

I was a caterpillar making a cocoon. I emerged a butterfly still damp but ready to soar. I was a caterpillar making a cocoon. I emerged a butterfly still damp but ready to soar. Suddenly a wind picked me up, not able to ...

Kathy & Jennifer's Story
3/16/2017 2:04:46 PM

When asked for one of her most memorable moments working in transplantation, Pauline was at a loss for words. “There were so many”, she said. This past year the Canadian Transplant Association (CTA) celebrated ...

Kurt's Story
3/16/2017 2:02:08 PM

Kurt Penner’s belated Christmas gift will be seeing his breath in the cold winter air alongside the Olympic flame. Kurt Penner’s belated Christmas gift will be seeing his breath in the cold winter air alongside ...

Merv's Story
3/16/2017 2:17:30 PM

Not only have I been given the gift of life but is very comforting to know that there is a team of people monitoring and watching over me. I've come a long way since these first days of my 'second chance'. This April 20th will ...

Nina's Poem
3/16/2017 2:30:15 PM

When one life passes on new life to another it's a miracle, the miracle of a new life is born. When one life passes on new life to another It's a miracle, the miracle of a new life is born It's the greatest gift that one can give ...