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For Immediate Release:

September 12 , 2011

Annual ‘Gift of Life Relay Walk’ kicks off
at University Hospital

(LONDON, Ontario) –The annual ‘Gift of Life Relay Walk’ is holding its kick-off event at London Health Sciences Centre’s University Hospital (UH). For the fifth year Tom Awad, liver recipient, will join other walkers on the journey from London to Windsor in support of organ and tissue donation awareness. Walkers will begin in London on Sept. 14 at UH and will make their way to Windsor, ON by Saturday, Sept. 17.

The relay not only helps to raise awareness and funds to support London Health Sciences Centre and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, ON, but also pays tribute to organ and tissue donors and their families. Proceeds from the London region go to LHSC’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program at University Hospital.

Date: Wednesday, September 14 , 2011

10:00 a.m. (speakers)

10:30 a.m. (walk begins)


London Health Sciences Centre

Front of University Hospital (weather permitting) or 4th floor, Multi-Organ Transplant Program lobby

339 Windermere Road, London, Ontario

*Media are asked to RSVP if they plan to attend this event*

Speakers include:

  • Dr. William Wall, Transplant Surgeon, Multi-Organ Transplant Program
  • Tom Awad, Transplant Patient and Event Organizer

Interviews and photo opportunities will be made available. After the kick-off, Tom Awad can be contacted directly at 519-819-8555 (cell) during the Relay Walk.


For media inquiries contact:
Mandy Gelinas
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 75157