Organ and tissue transplants save thousands of Canadians every year, but it isn’t something you hear about very often. Transplant Trot Vancouver is hoping to change that.
Now in its fifth year, Transplant Trot Vancouver is a branch of the larger Transplant Trot movement, started in 2008 in New Brunswick by Mark Black and the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Transplant Association.
“The main reason [for the run] is to showcase that organ donation works,” Andrew Drysdale of the Transplant Trot Vancouver team told Vancity Buzz. “It’s there to celebrate the life of organ transplant and tissues recipients. People that have had transplants, they’re able to actual go and do the run or walk.”
Drysdale says giving transplant recipients the opportunity to take part in events like the Transplant Trot says to the world that these procedures work, and that they can give you a whole new lease on life.
“Typically these people have been obviously very sick and unable to do anything like this,” he says. “It’s really good to see someone coming back from ill health complete something they usually wouldn’t be able to.”
This year Drysdale says the hopes are to exceed 500 registered runners. As a growing event, he says the Transplant Trot is expanding each and every year, and that can only mean good things for donors and recipients.
“It’s not a huge event, but it is growing every year,” he says.
Runners can register now online, or on the day for an increased fee. Check the Transplant Trot Vancouver website for actual registration fees. Children under 5, transplant recipients, and living donors can register for free.
When: Sunday, April 10
Time: Warm-up and welcome 9:30 a.m. / Run starts 10 a.m.
Where: Burnaby Lake – 3760 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby