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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Windsor woman heading to Canadian Transplant Games; Olympics for those who got a second chance on life

Maureen Lalonde, who will be competing in the Canadian Transplant Games, is shown on Aug. 4, 2016.JASON KRYK / WINDSOR STAR
WINDSOR STAR | Sharon Hill

Maureen Lalonde loves the Olympic Games so to be competing next week in her own kind of Olympics, the Canadian Transplant Games, will be a thrill.

The double-lung transplant recipient doesn’t care so much about the medals or her chosen sports. It’s a celebration of life. A celebration of living almost five years since her transplant.

“If I just get a participation ribbon I’ll be happy,” the 56-year-old Windsor woman said Thursday. “Just to be there is going to be huge for me.”

About seven years ago Lalonde started coughing up blood at work and doctors realized there was a more troublesome issue than her shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension which is a type of high blood pressure that affects the lungs and heart. The pressure in her lungs was skyrocketing, her heart was enlarging and the threat was that her overworked heart would fail. Continue reading
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