65 Red Roses' Eva Markvoort Has Passed Away

candleIt was about six months ago that my wife and I watched 65_RedRoses as part of CBC Newsworld's Passionate Eye documentary series. 65_RedRoses featured the courageous and inspiring Eva Markvoort who was living with Cystic Fibrosis and needed a lung transplant to survive.

Here's the trailer for this excellent documentary.

I'll never forget the scene when Eva's pager went off, telling her she was getting her transplant. The documentary ended on a positive note. Eva got her transplant, and seemed to be doing better. Sadly, her body rejected it and she passed away yesterday morning.

She blogged about her experience living with CF at http://65redroses.livejournal.com/ and left this heartbreaking message on Thursday. She called this entry "i can't breathe".

i'm at that point now
i'm done with the poetics
asking for help
my sister is helping me write
actually helping me write

the medications have been piling up
they are taking their toll
i am supersaturated with medications
i've been medically missing in action for two days
the docs started taking me off some of them to see how i would manage

and i am not managing
not managing at all

i'm drowning in the medications

i can't breathe

every hour
once an hour

i can't breathe

something has to change

Here she is receiving the 2010 Summerhayes Award in room 450 at Vancouver General Hospital. She was only 25 years old.

This story breaks my heart. I don't know how I'm going to tell my wife.

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Organ Donor

Spread the word and raise awareness – a true tribute to the power of Eva!

Let everyone know you've registered to become an organ donor!

March 28, 2010 @ 7:14 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

In the event of my death, I consent to donate any needed organs or tissue in the hope that I may help others.


March 28, 2010 @ 7:17 PM


Great post Mike. What a brave woman. RIP Eva.

For people in Ontario who wish to be organ donors, please visit the Trillium Gift of Life network to register your consent. Download the PDF and mail it to the given address. Ontario is getting away from donor cards, and setting up a provincial database for people wishing to be donors.

(English and French)

BC also has a similar system where you can register your consent with the province.


I'm not sure about other provinces. Each province has a different system for organ donation, but there is a movement to get a national registry set up with the Canadian Blood Services.

The BEST thing you can do is discuss organ donation with your family, as the next of kin always have the final say. You are way more likely to need an organ than to be an organ donor.

Thanks Mike!

Amy - kidney transplant, 1994

March 28, 2010 @ 7:34 PM

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