Health Zone Canada | Barbara Turnbull
Khaled Khatib and Yael Gladstone have never met, though they have much in common: Khatib, a Palestinian, and Gladstone, a Jew from Scotland, each lost a beloved sibling to violence. And both of their families, in their grief, chose to respond to the tragedy with a message of peace.
Five organs from the Palestinian child were donated to Israeli patients. A kidney from the young Jewish man was given to a Palestinian girl.
On Tuesday, Khatib and Gladstone will meet at Nathan Philip’s Square, then march up the island in the middle of University Avenue. When they get to Toronto General Hospital they will be joined by Hélène Campbell, who recently had a double lung transplant. They will then walk together to a reception at Queen’s Park.
It will mark the end of the current Torch of Life campaign, a 110-day endeavour that began March 2 in Kenora and has since stopped at 75 Ontario cities and towns, and visited dozens of schools, in an effort to increase awareness of tissue and organ donation. It is the seventh campaign throughout North America and Europe, during which the torch has been passed by thousands of children in support of transplantation.