OTTAWA, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health, joined by Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for
Nepean-Carleton, today welcomed double-lung transplant recipient Hélène
Campbell home to Ottawa, and praised her achievements in raising
awareness about organ transplant donations in Canada and around the
"Hélène's remarkable story has helped to shine the light on organ
donation," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "She
looked beyond her own difficult situation, and chose to use it to help
others. She has inspired many as her journey became public over the
"Hélène is a shining example for our country," said Pierre Poilievre,
Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton. "Lung disease affects
Canadians of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, and Hélène has shown
how we can come together to save lives."
Minister Aglukkaq presented Ms. Campbell with an authentic Inuit ulu
from the Minister's home territory of Nunavut. In Inuit culture, the
ulu represents strength.
"Hélène has embodied the idea of strength in the hearts and minds of
Canadians, and for many around the world," said Minister Aglukkaq in
her address to those gathered to welcome Ms. Campbell home.
Minister Aglukkaq also announced today funding from the Harper
Government to support a national transplant research program.
Funding for this program is being provided through the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and its partners - the Kidney
Foundation of Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Canadian Blood Services,
Genome British Columbia and Fonds de Recherche du Quebec.
The process to select a team to lead the program is currently underway
through CIHR. Funding for the program is anticipated to start in spring
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