Canadian Transplant Association turns 20!

    Transplant recipients and supporters of organ and tissue donation gather
    to celebrate and receive awards

    TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - Transplant recipients from across the country
will join supporters of organ and tissue donation at the MaRS Discovery
District Auditorium this Saturday for the 20th Anniversary Gala of the
Canadian Transplant Association (CTA).
    "This Gala is going to be a great one for us," said Linda Rowe, CTA
Regional Director for Ontario and founding member. "Tonight we celebrate 20
years of raising organ donation awareness and showing the world that
transplantation really does work - we are proud of our accomplishments and we
really feel the best is yet to come."
    The CTA was founded in 1987 by a group of athletes who wanted to
demonstrate to the world that transplantation works. Since then they have made
it their mandate to be "Living Proof" as they work to raise awareness and
contribute to community life.
    "Our colleagues and athletes operate at the highest levels," said Rowe.
"We compete both nationally and internationally - and we love it."
    In addition to celebrating 20 years, the evening will be filled with
other events including:

      -   The presentation of the Victor Davis Award;
      -   Recognition of the CTA Dragon Boat Team, "Team Transplant," who are
          celebrating their 10th year;
      -   Music by transplant recipient and harpist Melody Klassen;
      -   Dancing to the transplant physician band The Marginal Donors;
      -   And launch of the new logo and website.

    Award-winning Canadian songstress Damhnait Doyle will be the Master of
Ceremonies for the event.
    "Congratulations," said Frank Markel, President and CEO of Trillium Gift
of Life Network. "The CTA has done great things for organ donation in this
country over the past 20 years - we are thrilled to have worked with them and
look forward to another 20 years!"
    There are thousands of people in Canada on the transplant waiting list
today. The easiest way to get involved is to sign your organ donor card and
tell your family about your wishes.
    If you are interested in learning more about the organization, please
visit our new website at

For further information:

For further information: Sandra Holdsworth, CTA Ontario - Public
Relations, (905) 717-7854 (cell), (905) 986-1555 (home)

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