Seven years ago, a double-lung transplant donation saved Kurt Penner's life.
Now he's using his second wind to carry the Olympic torch.
TORONTO, Dec. 23 /CNW/ -
WHAT: Kurt Penner, who in 2002, was days away from dying of emphysema
received a life-saving double-lung transplant through the Trillium
Gift of Life Network (TGLN). On December 27, he'll be carrying the
2010 Olympic torch for 300 metres through the streets of
Woodstock, Ontario, thanks to that donation. His self-defined
mission as torchbearer: to light the fire amongst Ontarians about
the revitalizing power of organ and tissue donation. And to get
them all to REGISTER YES!
WHO: Dorchester-resident Kurt Penner, 60, Olympic torch bearer, London,
Ontario World Transplant Games veteran and double-lung transplant
WHEN: Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Parkinson Drive
Woodstock, ON (on the Kitchener-London route of the Olympic Torch
HOW: Register your consent to donate your organs and tissue by visiting
your local Service Ontario Health Card Services - OHIP office or
outreach centre where you renew your health card. You can also
register by downloading and filling out a Gift of Life Consent
form from www.giftoflife.on.ca and mailing it to the address on
the form. Even if you've already signed your donor card, please
also register your decision so that this information is accessible
at the time of your death and talk to your family about your
Please note: The Trillium Gift of Life Network offices will be closed during the holiday season from December 25-28, 2009 and from January 1-3, 2010.
SOURCE Trillium Gift of Life Network
For further information: For further information: Madelyn Herschorn, Trillium Gift of Life Network, (p) (416) 619-2350, (m) (416) 526-8035, (e) firstname.lastname@example.org, (w) http://www.giftoflife.on.ca