Liver Donor & Recipient Motorcycling Across Canada



    Raising awareness for organ and tissue donation

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - In a move to raise awareness about the need for
organ and tissue donation in Canada, today living liver donor Robert E.
Crawford and his recipient Marilyn Olivo-Crawford announced they would ride
motorcycles across Canada delivering the message to communities to sign their
donor cards and speak to their families about their wishes. They will also be
raising funds to purchase urgently needed equipment for the major organ
transplant centres across Canada.
    "Canadians are dying because there is a critical shortage of organs,"
said Robert E. Crawford. "There was such a shortage that when Marilyn needed a
liver, I wanted to help, but not everyone has that option. We want Canadians
to know they can make a difference by signing their donor cards and talking to
their families about their wishes - it's important for every Canadian to
understand that they can save a life."
    On September 26th, 2005 Robert donated 67% of his liver to his
sister-in-law Marilyn. The surgery was done at Toronto General Hospital and it
was a complete success.
    "I don't know what I would have done without Robert's generosity because
I know the typical waiting time for a kidney/liver is more than 6 years," said
Marilyn. "I was extremely lucky and now it's my turn to give back. I want
everyone to understand that they need to do more than sign their card and put
it in their wallet - they need to have the discussion with their loved ones
about their wishes. That discussion can save someone's life."
    In partnership with Trillium Gift of Life Network, Robert and Marilyn
will be riding motorcycles across Canada over 4 weeks, covering almost 8,000
kilometres. The ride will begin July 21st and finish August 18th 2007. Stops
include (St. John's NL, Sydney & Halifax, NS. Fredericton NB. Quebec City &
Montreal QC, Kingston, Toronto, Oakville, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder
Bay ON, Brandon MB, Regina SK, Medicine Hat, Calgary AB, Kamloops & Vancouver
BC.). Both donor & recipient family members are involved and playing key roles
in the planning and organization of this ride. The donor's 9 year old son will
be riding with Robert & Marilyn. Publicity events and rallies will be
scheduled at all major centres along the route. Please check the website daily
for location details and pictures.

    
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    Special thanks to:

        Trillium Gift of Life Network
        Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
        TD-Canada Trust
        Charley Boorman: Long Way Round - Book & DVD
        Canadian Motorcycle Champion: John Williams
        Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group
        Jackman Foundation
        Bell Canada

    Supporters and corporate sponsors are needed to help with this project.
All corporate sponsors will have their names included in Media Releases and
"Cross Canada Ride" information packets.

        Donations: TD-Canada Trust:  "Cross Canada Ride" Acct: 307093,
                                 Branch: 2456
                          Mail cheques, payable to:
                             "Cross Canada Ride"
                              2487 Wyatt Street
                            Oakville, ON  L6L 2M7
    




For further information:

For further information: Robert E. Crawford, (416) 353-2106; Carolyn S.
Crawford, (905) 465-2499; Marilyn Olivo-Crawford, (613) 928-2563; E-Mail:
Cross_Canada_Ride@yahoo.ca


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