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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A gift from within

SOO TODAY | Darren Taylor
Eileen Zheng is bicycling across Canada to raise awareness and funds for organ donation, July 12, 2016. Darren Taylor/SooToday

Eileen Zheng of Vancouver is close to her mother.

Closer than many people are to their mothers, in a way.

Zheng's mother, Wei Zhang, accepted the gift of Zheng's left kidney on Mother's Day in May, 2014, nearly a decade after resisting repeated offers from her daughter to donate one of her own kidneys to her, and after years of dialysis treatments.

"We're closer than ever, because I've always been a piece of her and now she literally has a piece of me," Zheng smiled, speaking to SooToday Tuesday.

Zheng, 28, is a Vancouver School Board administrator currently using her summer vacation to bicycle across Canada to raise awareness and funds for organ and tissue donation, in a campaign called a Gift From Within.

She is bicycling across the country accompanied by her friend and 'wingman' Robert Sam ("in case there are bears," she laughed). Continue reading
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