Lung Transplant Patient Helene Campbell Uses Crowdfunding To Help Other Transplant Patients
OTTAWA, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ – Today in Ottawa, HÃ©lÃ¨ne Campbell
announced the Give2Live Campaign, a social media effort that uses crowdfunding to support the needs of
those waiting for transplants throughout Canada.
“Many patients waiting for an organ transplant at Toronto General
Hospital and other transplant centres are required to live within two
hours of the hospital,” said Ms. Campbell. “More often than not, this
means uprooting from their home and finding new housing along with
paying for medical equipment, food and transportation while they wait
for a transplant.
As you can imagine the cost to do all this can be overwhelming, at a
time when their health is not the best and they are not working.
Usually, this means that a friend or family member must also stop
working and wait for the call”
In launching the campaign, Ms. Campbell’s goal is to help 30 patients
and their families who are on the organ transplant waiting list right now and are living
within the two-hour zone of Toronto General Hospital where Ms. Campbell
had her lung transplant. She has partnered with the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation to create the Give2Live Campaign in support of transplant patients and
Ms. Campbell received her lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital in
April 2012. She developed a significant public following through her
personal blog and by engaging celebrities such as Justin Bieber and
Ellen DeGeneres through social media. In February 2013, she appeared in
person on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Funds raised through the Campaign will help cover the cost of food, pay
for accommodations and transportation, and buy medical supplies -
things that may not be fully covered by our healthcare system. The
average out-of-pocket cost for a patient on the transplant waiting list
“The goal is to raise $300,000 and help 30 patients and their families
live while they wait for a life-saving organ transplant,” said Ms.
Campbell. “I also recognize that transplants take place at other
centres so we are working with centres across the country so that we
can help as many people as possible,” continued Ms. Campbell.
Give2Live launches today at www.give2live.ca to coincide with National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week.
The website contains all details of the Give2Live Campaign which
supports those awaiting transplant and reinforces Ms. Campbell’s desire
to have as many Canadians as possible register to be organ donors.
About Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
Established in 1986, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation is
dedicated to supporting excellence in health care by raising funds for
research, medical education, and the improvement of patient care at
Toronto General Hospital (TGH) and Toronto Western Hospital (TWH),
which, along with Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto Rehab,
comprise University Health Network (UHN).
SOURCE Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation