The Canadian Transplant Association Turns 20!

    Reminds Canadians organ donation and transplantation works!

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - The Canadian Transplant Association (CTA)
announced that 2007 is their 20th anniversary today while reminding Canadians
that organ donation and transplantation works. The CTA is a volunteer-run
charitable organization that includes transplant athletes and others who are
committed to identifying and removing barriers to organ donation.
    "I am proud to be a member of this organization," said founding member
Linda Rowe of Huntsville, Ontario. "It was 22 years ago that I received my
kidney transplant and I feel that living life to the fullest is the best way
to honour the person who donated an organ to save my life."
    The CTA was founded in 1987 by nine Canadian transplant recipients who
wanted to show that a normal, healthy lifestyle was possible after receiving a
life saving organ transplant. The group initially did this by encouraging
other transplant recipients to join them in attending World Transplant Games
(WTG). The WTG is a biennial Olympic-style athletic competition for organ
transplant recipients which was most recently held in London, Ontario, in
    "Since 1987 our membership has grown to over 600 recipients, friends,
family members, health care professionals and people on the waiting list,"
said David Smith, CTA President from Edmonton. "We draw strength from one
another, and we show the world that recipients are living full, amazing lives.
We are competitors, medal recipients and all of us are winners - does it get
better than that?"
    The CTA has organized the Canadian Transplant Games in such places as
Sherbrooke, Quebec, St. John's, Newfoundland, Edmonton, Alberta, and is
planning the 2008 games for Windsor, Ontario. They also support a dragon boat
team in Ontario and numerous other awareness events throughout Canada. The CTA
is currently preparing to lead a group of 34 transplant recipients to the WTG
in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 25-Sep. 2, 2007.
    For more information on the CTA please visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: David Smith, Edmonton, President,, (877) 779-5991; Amy Holdorf, Toronto, Secretary,, (647) 886-8940

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