CANADA AM “Be A Donor” Special Features First One-On-One Post-Op TV Interview with Organ Donor Champion Helene Campbell, May 25 on CTV
- CanadaAM.ctv.ca hosts live-chat with living donors, donor families, recipients, and
organ donation professionals taking questions throughout the broadcast
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TORONTO, May 23, 2012 /CNW/ – Canadian organ donor advocate and recent transplant recipient HÃ©lÃ¨ne
Campbell catapulted organ donation awareness into the international
spotlight with endorsements by pop superstar and fellow Canadian Justin
Bieber and talk show host Ellen Degeneres. This Friday, May 25 from 7 – 9 a.m. ET on CTV, CANADA AM devotes the morning to “Be A Donor”, a two-hour special featuring the first post-surgery, one-on-one TV interview with Campbell.
The 21-year-old Ottawa native, who underwent a double lung transplant
last month, will speak to CANADA AM‘s Beverly Thomson about how she is doing since her dream of receiving a
pair of new lungs became a reality.
As a complement to the television special, CanadaAM.ctv.ca hosts a live-chat on the latest organ transplant research and the ABCs
of becoming a donor. CANADA AM also delivers a comprehensive list of online resources for those in
need of a transplant, donors and their families. Viewers can follow @CTVCanadaAM for live tweets about the two-hour “Be A Donor” special. Viewers are encouraged to use the hash tag #BeADonor.
“With this special, we want to provide a forum for Canadians to continue
the important dialogue about organ donation, which has recently made
international headlines,” said Lis Travers, Vice-President and
Executive Producer, CANADA AM. “HÃ©lÃ¨ne’s inspiring story opens the door to more discussion on what’s
working, what are the challenges, and guidance on what people can do
today to become a blood, tissue, or organ donor.”
In addition to the first TV interview with Campbell since her surgery, CANADA AM will examine all aspects of organ donation in the special “Be A Donor” including:
-- Life on the Waiting List: Garry Keller, who has maintained his job as Chief of Staff to Foreign Affairs minister John Baird while waiting for a kidney match. Keller talks about what it's like being on the waitlist for seven years. -- The Living Donor: Richard Ayuen donated 70 percent of his liver to his son Matthew -- Making the Decision:The Castillo family who chose to donate the organs of their 15-year-old son Manny who died in a sporting accident. Their decision saved five lives. -- The Recipient: Mississauga native, jazz singer and double lung transplant patient, Alex Pangma, who experienced what it's like to have new life after the gift of organ donation. -- Be A Donor: CANADA AM examines the process of organ donation and discusses the challenges of the system with Versha Prakash, the Vice-President of Operations for Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), Ontario's organ and tissue donation and transplant agency.
CANADA AM is Canada’s most-watched national morning newsmagazine. Since its
launch in 1972, CANADA AM has brought Canadians a unique blend of hard news and lifestyle
stories, featuring in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, celebrities
and musical stars. Lis Travers is the Vice-President and Executive
Producer for CANADA AM and Wendy Freeman is the President of CTV News.
CTV, Canada’s Olympic Network, is also Canada’s largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range
of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming,
CTV is Canada’s most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of
the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media,
Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television,
radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE),
Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV
can be found on the network’s website at www.ctv.ca.
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