In this photo I'm in the ICU post-transplant. Looks are deceiving, because inside I was bursting with the joy of knowing my life had been saved and saying silent thanks to my donor, my donor's family, Dr. Shaf Keshavjee and the lung transplant team and everyone else that supported me, prayed for me and sent best wishes.
That's me 5 years later, (standing beside the cake and flowers) yesterday at Toronto General Hospital. I have a big smile because I was in a state of surprise. Dr. Shaf Keshavjee and others got me to the hospital under the guise that I was going to be meeting with some potential major financial donors for his lung transplant program.
But it turned out to be a celebration in honor of my 5 year anniversary. I was also presented with an Honorary Doctor of Philanthropy degree by Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and honored by Trillium Gift of Life Network, for my contributions to fund raising for the hospital and advancing organ donation awareness. View all of the pictures at my photo journal.
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