Harper says she is receiving this honor for her courage and her tremendous work in raising awareness for organ donation. "She has been a great inspiration to many Canadians and people have seen her worldwide."
Hélène was diagnosed with IPF or Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis last October and received her double-lung transplant April 6, 2012. Her discharge date was Friday, May 4, 2012 but she was re-admitted briefly with shortness of breath and has since been doing very well. She gained world-wide awareness for organ and tissue donation when Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres responded to her twitter campaign. Read updates at alungstory.
Hélène will also be holding a press conference in Toronto today.
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