Foul weather doesn't stop Sudbury from raising awareness of organ donations

SUDBURY | Arron Pickard
Maureen Horan ties green balloons to the fence at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre as part of the 18th annual Michael O'Reilly Organ Donor Awarness Celebration. (Arron Pickard)
Don Perreault is living proof that registering to be an organ donor has the potential to save lives.

Diagnosed with leukemia when he was 28, Perreault received two bone marrow transplants. Complications from the second transplant caused damage to his lung tissue, and over a few years, his lung capacity diminished to the point he needed a transplant in 2009.

He was put on a waiting list — he was told it would take two to three years — and moved to Toronto, across from the hospital, so he would be closer when the time came.

“Seven and a half weeks later, I got the call that the operation was happening,” Perreault said. “I was really, really fortunate. Everything, for me, just went with clockwork.”

Perreault was one of more than 100 people to participate in the 18th annual Michael O'Reilly Organ Donor Awareness Celebration at Bell Park on May 6. It was capped off with a walk from Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, down Paris Street to Science North, then back to the amphitheatre along the boardwalk. Continue reading

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