I have spent nine nights away from Addison (but who’s counting?), countless hours on the computer at night and on the weekends, plus I have given up my free time for phone interviews, extra shoots and meetings. But at the end, it’s really all been for my feisty little daughter. 16 months after I first decided to apply for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Journalism Award, the fruits of my labour are going to air on Global BC starting Monday. I am almost more relieved than anything because daily news reporters aren’t used to hanging on to one topic for this long. However, I suppose this is a topic that will always be a part of my life.
Transplant research is on the brink of a transformation. I have interviewed 15 of the best and brightest researchers in North America, talked to some truly inspiring transplant recipients, and most importantly, met our donor family. There have been tears, awe, joy, disappointment, amazement. I walk away from all of this with a great sense of hope. I believe there is hope that one day we can make transplant a cure. I believe one day transplant recipients won’t have to worry about getting cancer, kidney failure, or some incurable virus. I believe one day a transplanted organ will live longer than the recipient.
I urge you to support research whenever you can. I know there are so many causes that need our attention and money, especially at this time of year, but I know people’s lives are improved every day because of the strides that are made in research. It has been a goal for Aaron and I to do something meaningful to support transplant-specific research, and we have come up with an ambitious goal. Details to come on Monday!
You can get a preview of the Global BC series on transplant research HERE. We will also be making a guest appearance on the Global Morning Show at around 8:30am on Monday morning. Thanks for watching!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison