Eva's life continues to have a positive influence on many aspects of organ donation and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, two projects that were so important to her. Here is a short update.
The film 65_redroses has been updated to include documentation of the end of Eva's life. It will be aired on OWN (Oprah network) in May of 2012. Canadian distribution of the revised film will also begin at that time. The teacher's guide is near completion and it is fabulous. It and the film will be available to schools (Senior Secondary) in the spring of 2012. The guide offers a multi-curricular approach in the areas of science and disease, ethics, decision making, family dynamics, social media, communication and social responsibility.
The painting 65_redroses is now on permanent loan and on display in the foyer of the BC Children's hospital. It is the perfect location for this artwork as patients and their families can enjoy this beautiful, detailed tableau. Eva and her family spent many hours during her time there wandering the hallways and enjoying the works of art spread around the hospital and so are particularly pleased that it is available there for all to enjoy.
Organ Donation: In the fall of 2009 Eva and her friend Cyrus McEachern painted an organ on the bodies of young organ recipients, then photographed them. Their goal was to have them used in an organ donation awareness campaign. After Eva's death, Cyrus pursued their dream and arranged with BC TRANSPLANT for the images to be used as the centerpiece for a province wide media campaign that included TV ads, placement of the images on BC transit, and pamphlets inserted into driver license renewal forms across the province. BC TRANSPLANT reports that the 'LIVE LIFE, PASS IT ON' campaign has had significant results, with a demonstrable increase in the rate of organ donor sign up. The campaign continues to grow and evolve.
Reddy for a Cure: This is a campaign aimed at engaging youth in the cause to continue to raise awareness and raise funds for CF research. Projects have included ... support for the Vancouver Leisure Society Lawnbowling event, the upcoming curling event in February, last year's benefit concert featuring Dan Mangan, team participation in the annual Great Strides Walk in May.
Keys to a Cure: In the last 2 years, the annual CF fundraising gala has created this fundraising appeal, bringing in over $215 000 for CF research
Longest Hockey Game: Eva was the inspiration for this amazing event that saw 40 women from across the country play hockey nonstop for over 10 days to break the world record by 65 minutes. Over $165 000 was raised. The media coverage and the awareness raised for CF was priceless.
Legacy Project: A group of Eva's neighbours in New Westminster is laying the groundwork for a permanent, artistic, creative legacy project to be launched in the coming months/years. It will focus on youth, education, digital communication, interactive/creative expression and a call to action for positive community involvement and personal well being.
As a young artist, a writer, and a social activist, Eva has left a lasting legacy that continues to leave a mark on organ donation and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis across the country and around the world. She continues to inspire countless young adults to live their lives to the fullest, to appreciate the wonders of the world we live in, and to contribute positively to their communities.
Merry Christmas to all.
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.