Mark Black, Heart & Double Lung Transplant recipient, took part in the World Transplant Games in London, Ontario, Canada in July, 2005 and we are pleased to announce that he placed 5th in the 1500 meter race. Congratulations to Mark for his amazing accomplishment. Mark received his "Gift of Life" at Toronto General Hospital in September, 2002. He was born with a congenital heart defect and until his transplant he was unable to participate in sports. But now just look at him go!
Duble Lung transplant recipients Peter Laurence and Dave Reynolds met Mark at the games and Peter sent me this photo of Dave, Mark and his fiancé Marise.
Just prior to the games I received the following from Mark's Mother, Monique and it looks like Mark deserves another nice round of applause for this accomplishment also.
"Mark and Marise just left....
...they gave us the OK to announce their engagement!! Mark did a great job with his planning - right down to getting parental approval (we saw the ring this morning, then Marise's parents....) will let him relate the whole plan...suffice it to say it was very elaborate and theatrical...one for the books:)
We are thrilled - Marise is wonderful and they suit each other perfectly! She was completely caught off guard...we leave for the long trip to Ontario (for the transplant games) tomorrow and we all expected Mark's main thoughts to be the Games...little did we know:)
Current thoughts are for a wedding next summer! FUN, FUN, FUN...we're the parents of the groom - no work for us right?", Monique.