Thursday, August 17, 2006
Karen Murray's Memorial Service
I attended the memorial service for Karen Murray yesterday in Toronto and the church was almost packed to capacity. Karen obviously was very popular and had many friends. There was a good representation from the lung transplant community and I was able to get this picture of many of them. Unfortunately some had left before we did the photo shoot but here's a list of everyone that I recognized: Gerald Sutton and his wife Kathy Marceline, Jeannie Haines, Vickie Morley, Monica Henry's mother, Judy Postma, Mary Kanters and her husband Aldus Celmins, Peter Laurence, Gary Clodge, and Joette Kruger.
The speeches were very moving.
Judy Postma, a good friend of Karen's and herself a heart and double-lung transplant recipient, gave a wonderful speech about Karen and their friendship as they took their journies through the transplant process.
Karen's parents, Marilyn and Thom Murray expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Toronto General Hospital's lung transplant team for everything they did for Karen. Karen's and her family's feelings about the transplant program were reflected by having brochures and gift cards from the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation placed at the tables of condolences noting that as an expression of sympathy donations will be gratefully accepted to the Toronto General Hospital Foundation's Lung Transplant Program, 585 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2N2.