Wednesday, October 20, 2004


“Celebrating the 1st anniversary of the Toronto General Hospital’s
Transplant Center and the very special birthdays of all our transplant patients; marking the anniversaries of their second chance in life”

Two and a half years ago—April 19, 2001—I had one foot in the grave and was staring death in the face, dying from end stage respiratory failure due to pulmonary fibrosis. I was on oxygen 24/7. Then a miracle happened. In the early hours of the next morning, at exactly 2AM on April 20th, I received a phone call from the Trillium Gift of Life Network coordinator telling me that they had new lungs for me.

Following a medical symposium during the day, The Toronto General Hospital Transplant Centre Birthday Ball will be held at the Liberty Grand in Toronto to raise funds which will help the Transplant Centre become a world model in the delivery of patient care, the education of transplant health professionals and transplant research. Individual dinner tickets are $250 each or $2,500 for a table of 10. There are also sponsorship opportunities and an opportunity to donate a gift for the silent auction. If you are or your company are interested in purchasing dinner tickets, or receiving more information about sponsorship opportunities or donating to the silent auction, please contact Melanie Litwin at 416.340.4800 ext 6895 or email Melanie at
Cocktails: 6:30pm Dinner 7:30pm—Cocktail Attire—Silent Auction—Raffle— live entertainment and Hosted by Andy Barrie.
Guest speaker: Dr. Calvin Stiller, Chairman and CEO, Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund.

Purchase tickets online: Tickets


Dave Dunlop (waiting for a double lung transplant) has purchased tickets to the Birthday Ball and is trying to arrange for all lung-transplant patients, supports, friends and families to sit at the same tables. If you like this idea, once you have purchased tickets let me know at and I will coordinate things with Dave. Merv.

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