Celebrating Five Years

March 9, 2015 in News

In 2015, we are coming together not only to celebrate the five years since Chris’ successful heart transplant, but also to raise much-needed funds for the Rest Easy program. Please join us to help raise funds to make the lives of heart transplant / VAD recipients and their families a little less stressful during their time of need.

The 5th Annual Rest Easy Fundraiser will take place at the Foggy Dew in Coquitlam on May 24, 2015 at 5pm. The night’s festivities include a fun balloon raffle and energetic live auction with excellent prizes! Tickets are $20 each and include a burger and beer. Purchase your tickets quickly and securely on our website.

If your organization is interested in donating prizes for the live auction or balloon raffle, please contact Tanya at 604-475-0735 or email resteasyfundraiser[at]gmail.com.

Join us June 22 for our Fourth Annual Fundraiser

June 15, 2014 in News

For the fourth year in a row, we are coming together not only to celebrate Chris’ successful heart transplant, but also to raise much-needed funds for the Rest Easy program. Please join us to help raise funds to make the lives of heart transplant / VAD recipients and their families a little less stressful during their time of need.

The 4th Annual Rest Easy Fundraiser will take place at the Foggy Dew in Coquitlam on June 22, 2014 at 5pm. The night’s festivities include a fun balloon raffle and energetic live auction with excellent prizes! Tickets are $20 each and include a burger and beer. Purchase your tickets quickly and securely on our website.

If your organization is interested in donating prizes for the live auction or balloon raffle, please contact Tanya at 604-475-0735 or email resteasyfundraiser[at]gmail.com.

Rest Easy Expands to Help More Patients

June 11, 2013 in News

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The annual Rest Easy fundraiser is coming up fast on June 23, 2013 and we have decided to expand our mission this year to include VAD patients and their families.

A VAD (ventricular assist device) helps a person with a failing heart make it to transplantation by moving blood throughout the heart and body. Using VADs to help people “bridge” to transplant has become a more common medical practice in the few years since Chris went through his wait. This past year alone, 15 people’s lives were saved using VADs while they were waiting for their heart transplants.

The wait and surgeries for VADs can be just as grueling to the patient and their caregiver as the transplant surgeries. To keep up with the changes in the medical approach and to help those caregivers that need just a rest just as much as those awaiting transplant, we are going to give one night stay to each VAD recipient for their “person.”

So far, we’ve been able to rely on our previous fundraisers to meet this increased demand; we are hoping this year is our most successful fundraiser yet so we can commit to helping both groups of people who need a place to “Rest Easy” in 2013.

Wow! What a Father’s Day Gift

March 20, 2013 in News

Chris Kirby received his most-hoped-for Father’s Day present — the gift of life. The 34-year-old Port Moody father woke up with a new heart Sunday after receiving word that a donor had been found 19 months to the day that he signed up for the procedure.

Written by Laura Baziuk for The Province. Read the full story.

Transplant Dad Celebrates

March 20, 2013 in News

The Port Moody man who received a heart transplant on Father’s Day had reason to celebrate again with the birth of his twins Monday. Chris Kirby had been waiting for a heart transplant for 19 months when he got a call earlier this month that one had arrived for him.

He went into surgery June 19 at St. Paul’s Hospital and woke the next morning, on Father’s Day, with his new heart.

Written by Laura Baziuk for The Province. Read the full story.

A New Record for Organ Transplants in BC

March 20, 2013 in News

More living donors and an increase in British Columbians signing donor cards have led to a new record for organ transplants in 2010. Almost 300 procedures were done in the province last year.

Chris Kirby, 35, is just one man who had his life saved this year; he had heart problems since he was 18, but was shocked to learn he was going to need a new one in order to live.

Written by Andrea Macpherson for News1130. Read the full story.

Embryo Testing Zeroes in on Genetic Diseases

March 20, 2013 in News

Chris Kirby was just 18 when he was riding his bike to work one day and went into cardiac arrest. A bystander gave the Vancouver native cardiopulmonary resuscitation for almost 40 minutes, saving his life.

Written by Gail Johnson for the Georgia Straight. Read the full story.

‘Frustrating’ Waiting for Transplant

March 20, 2013 in News

Chris Kirby has big plans for his little girl when he gets a new heart.

Like any young dad, Kirby, 34, wants to one day play in the park with his two-year-old daughter Morgan. He would also like to go jogging with his wife, Tanya, the way they did just a few years ago. But first he has to wait. And he has no idea how long it will take to get his life-saving heart transplant.

Written by John Colebourn for The Province. Read the full story.

The Courage of Chris and Tanya

March 19, 2013 in News

Dad was in for a heart transplant while Mom was in the same hospital giving birth to twins—who were born unburdened by their dad’s heart condition thanks to a cutting-edge medical test.

Written by Cori Howard for Best Health Magazine. Read the full story.