Trotting for transplants

Participants in the third annual Transplant Trot start their walk or run on May 28, 2017 in Wakamow Valley. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Third annual fundraiser for the Canadian Transplant Association draws large crowd

Kevyn Gadd has experienced the flipside of what transplants can do.

He was born with congenital heart disease pulmonary hypertension, affecting his heart and lungs. He had heart surgery at the age of 2 and was taken off medication after surgery.

“It was something that I was used to since I was born, but I couldn’t play any competitive sports. I couldn’t do a lot of physical activity,” said Gadd. “It got to a point where I could walk a block and just be exhausted.”

In 2012, he ended up back on medications. He went with his sister to Edmonton for a doctor’s appointment in 2013. There, doctors felt it was a good idea for a lung transplant, as he was at 33 per cent lung function. Gadd went home on Feb. 8, 2014. On Feb. 21 of the same year, he got the call he’d been waiting for to get the transplant.

Three years later, Gadd remains healthy, now able to walk, run and play floor hockey. Continue reading


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