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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eva Markvoort to be honoured in Queen’s Park rose garden

New West native championed organ donation and cystic fibrosis awareness worldwide

Brave heart: Eva Markvoort in a publicity photo for 65_RedRoses, a documentary about her life and battle with cystic fibrosis. Eva did the body painting herself.   Photograph By Cyrus McEachern, contributed/THE RECORD

A young woman who championed organ donation and raised awareness around the world about cystic fibrosis has left a permanent mark on her hometown.

New Westminster native Eva Markvoort was featured in the award-winning Canadian documentary 65_RedRoses, which chronicled her wait for a double lung transplant. Markvoort, who blogged about her experience with cystic fibrosis under the name 65redroses, died of the disease on March 27, 2010 when she was just 25.

A month before her death, Markvoort wrote:

a difference

some proof that I had been here

something to say that I mattered

that when my body left this world my soul had made its imprint

The City of New Westminster has been working with the Brine/Markvoort family to finalize details for a commemorative plaque to be installed to honour Markvoort in the Queen’s Park rose garden. Community members are invited to attend the plaque unveiling in the rose garden on Friday, June 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Continue reading

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