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Heart 2015

Celebrating Five Years

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
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Join us June 22 for our Fourth Annual Fundraiser

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
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Rest Easy Expands to Help More Patients

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
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Wow! What a Father’s Day Gift

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
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Transplant Dad Celebrates

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
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A New Record for Organ Transplants in BC

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,
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Embryo Testing Zeroes in on Genetic Diseases

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.

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‘Frustrating’ Waiting for Transplant

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
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The Courage of Chris and Tanya

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.