Monday, June 19, 2006

Annual lung transplant picnic a huge success

Sunday June 18th turned out to be a perfect day for a picnic; although it was warm, it wasn't humid and a cooling breeze wafted through the shaded picnic area all afternoon. The comraderie, warmth and bonding of everyone turned the event into a happening and a pleasure to be part of.

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Many lung transplant recipients attended, some as recent as three months post transplant and others, such as Linda Lycett and Ken Rumohr are celebrating 14 years of their "new life" this year. Several patients on the "waiting list" for a transplant came to join in (with spare oxygen tanks) and several told me they were given hope and inspiration by meeting and talking with those that were looking so well after their transplant.

The picnic was held on Father's Day, as it was the only date available to us this year. Next year's picnic is planned for June 24th, a week after Father's Day.

All in all the day was a huge success, thanks mainly to the wonderful volunteers that showed up early and stayed late to help set-up and take-down.

4 comments:

Peter & Lynne Laurence said...

Merv,

Thank you and congratulations for putting on another great Lung Transplant Picnic, your hard work and efforts really paid off yesterday, the Picnic was a huge sucess.
Lynne & I are already looking forward to next years Lung Transplant Picnic.
Regards,
Peter & Lynne Laurence

Christine Brammall said...

Dear Merv,

Just a note to thank you for putting on such a great picnic, Tony and I really enjoyed it and look forward to next year.

Meeting other lung transplant people from five or more years, is truly great. I certainly feel blessed at been given a second chance.

The pictures turned out well, thank you for the e-mail.

Bye for now.

Christine.

Cailey Crawford said...

Cailey Crawford ccrawford@giftoflife.on.ca hide | delete 21-Jun-2006 12:52
I had a great time meeting everyone at the picnic Merv - thanks so much for all your hard work in organizing events like these. It was so nice to be able to talk to folks who have had lung transplants, those who are still waiting and their family and friends. And my pug Vito enjoyed every bit of food people dropped for him!
Cailey

Lisa Mitton said...

Lisa Mitton newfielungs@execulink.com hide | delete 20-Jun-2006 14:27
Looked like i missed a good party! Next year's date is on the calendar so Im hoping to make it then!
Lisa