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a benefit concert ... a great benefit

February 11 was a special day. 1200 people gathered to listen to some great music, to view some beautiful films and to honour Eva.
A year ago that day, February 11 2010, Eva announced on her blog that she knew she was dying... the outlook was grim. From that point on she shared with the world her experiences of saying good bye to her loving circle of family, friends, and supporters. She wrote of her challenges, her fears and her hopes as a young woman loosing her life to Cystic Fibrosis. She also strove to ensure that she could leave a legacy... a legacy of love, a legacy for CF and a legacy for organ donation. She certainly accomplished all of that. And ... she showed the world how social media can be used to open up people's hearts, to inspire thousands and to contribute positive things to this world.
The 65redroses benefit concert for CF, February 11 2011, was a great legacy project. It brought out the best in so many people. $37 000 was raised for CF research! The artists were so giving and authentic - they were enjoying the concert as much as the audience! Dave Vertesi, the Zolas, Hannah Georgas, Dan Mangan .... all wonderful ... and so much fun! Rachel Aberle and Phil Lyall were fabulous hosts and made everyone feel right at home with their poignant messages and humorous 'Eva stories'. Eva's friends, under the direction of Stuart Gillies, produced a beautiful short film 'A Wish Where the Wind Once Blew' that honoured all those who have died from CF. Eva's boyfriend Justin also edited a short video with a message of CF, that brought home the reason why we were all there. Here is his video.

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