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:

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'. ...

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 ...

Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
3/16/2017 2:07:01 PM

The awards highlight the volunteer work of Janet and Heather in promoting organ and tissue donation and the 2005 World Transplant Games. In January 2003, Janet Brady and Heather Fisher became recipients of the ...

Stephen's Story
3/16/2017 1:45:24 PM

his extraordinary gift has allowed someone else to 'raise hell' - and in such a positive way. Twenty years ago, a donor liver gave nurse Heather Fisher a new lease on life, and she's still celebrating On April ...

Stewart's Story
3/16/2017 1:47:51 PM

When many transplant recipients first hear about the World Transplant Games they think,'I could never do anything like that.' When many transplant recipients first hear about the World Transplant Games they think,'I ...

Sylvain's Story
3/16/2017 1:42:00 PM

This was the highest climb for transplant recipients, thus setting a world record. On November 18, 2004, Sylvain Bédard, heart transplant recipient, and Dave Smith, kidney transplant recipient left Montreal and ...

The Gloria Santini Award
3/16/2017 1:54:50 PM

Previous winners of the Gloria Santini Memorial Award include: Janet Brady 2004, Carol Devine 2002, Dick Winter 2000, and Cricket Fox 1998. Heather Fisher - Recipient of the Gloria Santini Award (2005) Heather Fisher was ...

Wolfgang's Story
3/16/2017 2:43:10 PM

Last week, Muller received a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records confirming he is the longest living survivor of a lung transplant. In the summer of 1987, Wolfgang Muller was given two large oxygen tanks and told ...

Wyatt's Story
3/16/2017 2:46:53 PM

He was a bright, cheerful boy who enjoyed life to the fullest. Wyatt was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure early in 1976, several months after his older brother Lance had been diagnosed. They spent many weeks together ...