The Toronto Star | Barbara Turnbull
Yes, their 14-year-old son and only child, Thomas, died Sept. 4, awaiting his second double lung transplant at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. But Thomas’ life — and death — will not be in vain, his father vows.
“I’m trying to fashion a plan that reflects my burning need to honour my son’s life … and yet address practical issues,” he says in a phone interview from their Ottawa home.
The Star followed Thomas in a series about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The family relocated to Toronto while waiting for Thomas’ second chance for a lifesaver.
For now, the couple is working on a Thank You Project, writing notes to everyone who reached out, made a donation in Thomas’ name or attended one of the memorial services after his death.
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