The Whig Standard | Danielle VandenBrink
Three hours away in Toronto, 20-year-old Helene Campbell had finally received an urgently-needed double-lung transplant.
Khatib, 20, has been carrying a torch across Ontario to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. Khatib came from Palestine in November, recruited by George Marcello, the campaign organizer for the “Torch of Life” tour.
In 2005, Khatib, then 13, helped his father decide to donate his 11-year-old brother’s organs to five Israeli children.
At the time, the Khatib family lived in Janin, Palestine, when one day Khatib’s 11-year-old brother, Ahmed, was shot by an Israeli soldier while playing outside with a toy gun.
Following Ahmed’s death, Khatib’s father met the recipients of his son’s heart, kidney, lungs and liver.
Khatib joined the Torch of Life to spread the message about the importance of organ and tissue donation, both in Canada and around the world.
By June, Torch of Life — which aims to have one million people join the donor registry in Ontario — will have stopped in 75 cities in towns across the province.