Canadian Band Shaye plays "A very special concert" for patients on organ transplant waiting list



    Celebrates National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week by joining
    awareness campaign

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - Award-winning Canadian Band Shaye with special
guest Tom Cochrane will join Trillium Gift of Life Network to play "A very
special concert" for patients on the waiting list and launch their Celebrity
Campaign Poster tonight.
    "We are so excited and proud to have such a great Canadian Band working
with us," said Frank Markel, President and CEO of TGLN. "These women are
really committed to helping us save more lives. When they heard that there
were over 1700 people on the waiting list, they wanted to do something to ease
that pain. And the result was this concert. I want to thank Shaye and their
special guest Tom Cochrane so much for their help and their dedication to
organ and tissue donation - this concert and this partnership is going to be
terrific."
    Shaye, comprised of Kim Stockwood, Damhnait Doyle and Tara MacLean
approached TGLN after the launch of the Celebrity Awareness Campaign in August
2006 to get involved.
    Shaye is named after Tara's sister who died when the group was just
getting together 5 years ago. She was denied the honour of donating her organs
because they didn't locate next of kin in time. Damhnait first witnessed the
incredible gift of organ donation when close family friend Kevin Lewis Jr.
successfully received a double lung transplant almost ten years ago and again
five years later when his brother Chad was given a pair of lungs. Chad didn't
make it, but he was given the best shot in the world, one we all deserve. Tom
Cochrane was pleased to be a part this special event as it is an issue that is
also close to his family's heart.
    "This issue will inevitably touch us all. We feel it is an extraordinary
privilege to play this concert. Life is about hope and living moment to moment
and this is something these people know so well. We, along with our dear
friend Tom Cochrane, just want to give them a night to remember, so they know
we are thinking of them and fighting for them."
    Attendees at the concert will be treated to an hour-long set hosted by
Seamus O'Regan, co-host of Canada AM and will form Toronto's living green
ribbon for the week. Other Green Ribbons will be formed in Sudbury, Guelph,
London, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Renfrew, Sarnia, Thunder Bay and Windsor
in the days to follow.
    Today in Ontario, 1748 patients are on the waiting list. Of those, 1086
are men, 632 are women and 30 of those patients are children.
    "A band like Shaye can make a difference. This concert and the poster for
the campaign will go a long way to reaching people. It's important that every
person in this province, in this country knows that each one of them has the
power in them to help save a life. It's as easy as having a conversation with
your loved ones about your wishes. Please, sign your card and speak to your
family today."
    National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week runs from April 22-29.
    For more details on National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week
events, or for local waiting list numbers please go to www.giftoflife.on.ca or
call 416.363.4001 or toll free 1-800-263-2833.

    Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the
Government of Ontario and is responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating
and supporting organ and tissue donation across Ontario and improving the
system so that more lives can be saved.





For further information:

For further information: Kari Cuss, Trillium Gift of Life Network, (416)
619-2300 (direct line), (416) 526-0564 (cell); Jill Spitz, Publicist,
Breakthrough Films & Television, (p) (416) 482-1370, (m) (416) 669-5404, (e)
jillspitz@rogers.com


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