Double-lung recipient Tara Bourque appearing at Sunday fundraiser

The Observer | Tyler Kula

Sarnia's Tara Bourque is celebrating the fourth "lungaversary" of her double-lung transplant with a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada Sunday at Boston Pizza. The 22-year old is preparing to go back on the list for a second transplant surgery. (Handout)

Nearly four years ago, as Tara Bourque lay recuperating from a double-lung transplant in Toronto hospital, Sarnia was celebrating.

The Sarnia teen, then 18, had just received the surprise surgery, giving her a new lease on life after cystic fibrosis had crippled her ability to breath.

A crowd was at Boston Pizza, at a family-friend-organized fundraiser to support Bourque's parents as they shouldered the cost of her medication and expensive stay away from home.

Bourque, just 11 days after the operation, made an appearance via Skype.

“I will admit I do not recall anything I said, so I'm not held accountable for that,” said the 22-year old, with a chuckle, Friday.


Four years from that turning point in her life, the motivational speaker, organ and tissue donation advocate, recreational volleyball player, and business marketing student at Lambton College is looking forward to a second chance to say thanks. Continue reading