On the final day, June 26, local riders are invited to join the team on the ride from Chilliwack to BC Children's hospital (130 km). To find out how to register for this last leg of the ride, go to
Eva's cousin is creating a dynamic teaching guide to the film 65_redroses for use by educators at the Senior Secondary and post secondary levels. The project is coordinated by 'Hello Cool World' [www.hellocoolworld.com] and funded by 'BC Transplant' [www.transplant.bc.ca/index.asp]. There is no lack of themes and ideas to explore in this film and the guide will serve to bring awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation to the lives of thousands of young people across the country and around the world. More info about the film can be found at www.65redroses.com
Share the Beat-San Francisco served to raise awareness for organ donation and the need to keep the spotlight focused by highlighting the wonderful results that transplant brings to those in need. Organ recipients who honoured their donours, donour families who spoke of the legacy of life given by their loved ones, and many great musicians who payed tribute to the cause of organ donation took to the stage at the Regency Centre on March 11. Janet Brine, mother of Eva Markvoort (65_redroses) spoke at Share the Beat and presented the story of the gift of life that Eva experienced. Transplant gave Eva hope and it was this hope that kept her going until her call for transplant came. She was able to live a spirited and rich life for two years after her transplant, before succumbing to organ rejection. Those two wonderful years were made possible because a family, in their grief, saw the possibility of renewing the lives of others. Ultimately, the goal is for all Canadians and Americans to be organ donours, but until that time comes, events such as Share the Beat will continue. For more photos and information about this annual event, go to http://2011.sharethebeat.org .