Thursday, May 29, 2008

LUNG RECIPIENT RIDES TO CONQUER CANCER

Grant Hagerty (click for larger view)

Two years ago Grant Hagerty could barely breathe on his own; today after a lung transplant he is helping to save lives (click image for larger view)

Press release from Trillium Gift of Life Network

May 28, 2008 – Toronto, ON – Less than two years ago Grant Hagerty required 24/7 oxygen support, could barely walk up a flight of stairs and, in his words, “was on deaths doorstep.”

Today, after receiving a lung transplant Hagerty has returned to living a full life including skiing, swimming and running. Hagerty is also dedicating himself to raise awareness to help conquer cancer.

“Grant is an outstanding man and a true advocate for this incredible cause,” said Frank Markel, President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN). “After his transplant, Grant returned to life to the fullest and helping so many others, so they to will have the chance to live a full life, whether that be surviving cancer or receiving an organ transplant.”

Hagerty is taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the Princess Margaret Hospital.

“The same dedicated initiatives that saved my life are working to strangle a disease that cripples families and steals our loved ones. I'm a post lung transplant patient and owe my existence today to the excellence in research and execution of the medical community,” said Hagerty of Waterloo, Ontario. “The Cancer Program at Princess Margaret is a major gateway to halting that pain, suffering, and loss with an impact that can be felt throughout the world.”

Hagerty will begin his ‘epic’ journey in Toronto on June 21 and pedal 225 km (140 miles) over two days and arrive in Niagara Falls on June 22.

“Life is a series of choices and you can choose to make a difference. Please donate, you can help to save a life today,” said Hagerty.

To get more information on the Ride to Conquer Cancer or to help Hagerty reach his goal to raise $10,000 for cancer research please visit Team Transplant.

For more details on Trillium Gift of Life Network please visit our website or call 416-363-4001 or toll free 1-800-263-2833.

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1 comment:

Anne Springer said...

I was very gratified to see my column from the Gloucester Daily Times picked up on your blog site. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about organ donation.