Today I celebrate the 10th anniversary of my lung transplant and I'm in a lot better shape today than I was following my surgery on April 20, 2002 as you can see in the photo.
I want to thank the medical and support staff at Toronto General Hospital for the wonderful care I received and continue to receive. TGH is one of the world's leading lung transplant centers, performing more than 100 transplants annually.
I also want to thank my donor and donor family for making the courageous decision to donate their loved one's lung in order for me to have a second chance at life. I wrote them a letter but never received a reply. If I ever have a chance to meet them I would first of all tell them how grateful and thankful I am and I would also tell them that their loved one did not die in vain because he or she is still living within me and we both are continuing on the road of life together.
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