Friday, January 20, 2006

Catholic priests hear the organ and tissue donation story

As you know, I've been actively promoting organ and tissue donation awareness via speaking engagements at churches, service clubs, social organizations and businesses. The message has been generally well received but none more so than today's talk with Catholic priests who attended a meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes church in downtown Toronto. It was heartwarming to see such keen interest from these respected religious leaders who touch the lives of so many and are in a position to inform a great number of people about organ and tissue donation.

Brian Kellow, Merv Sheppard, Father Pat O'Dea Father Pat O'Dea, Chair, Zone 1 Catholic Parishes, Dicoese of Toronto, organized the event with Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN). Pictured with Father Pat are Brian Kellow, educator with TGLN and myself.

I spoke about my lung transplant experience and Brian Kellow gave a comprehensive and well received overview of organ and tissue donation in Ontario and the role that Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) has in planning, promoting, coordinating and supporting activities related to organ and tissue donation, education and research.

The priests asked many questions and some commented that the personal story of a transplant recipient had a huge impact on their thinking and motivation to promote organ and tissue donation. If your group or organization would like to hear the organ donation message TGLN will be very happy to provide speakers and support for your event. Contact Trillium Gift of Life Network

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