The Great Lake Swim
The Move for Life Foundation is a group of dedicated recipients, family and friends who came together in gratitude of the gift of life many of them had received with the hope of paying it forward. The Foundation is dedicated to reducing the waitlists for organ transplantation as well as inspire organ transplant recipients to live an active and healthy life.
Foundation board member, Jillian Best, was born with a hereditary liver disease which caused her to need a transplant. No stranger to transplantation, Jill had already watched her mother go through two liver transplants. Thankfully, Jill received her life saving gift at London Health Sciences Centre in 2016 and inspired by her experiences, Jill determined that she would make a difference for others still waiting for a transplant. When Jill heard about the need for a special equipment at LHSC that could help save lives for those on the transplant waiting list, she saw an opportunity to give back. She decided to raise funds by using her athletic talent and swim across Lake Ontario, a 52 km solo swim. If successful, this will be the longest solo swim ever attempted by an organ recipient.
When: Aug 3-4, 2021 (weather may flex the departure time)
Fundraising goal: $75,000.
If Jill’s story inspires you, please consider supporting this worthwhile cause by donating. Go here to donate.
Many of our Annual Events raising funds and awareness for transplantation have been placed on hold due to COVID-19. We'll hopefully be able to host events again soon and will keep you updated.
Organized by the Transplant Awareness Committee, LHSC, this art show and online auction originated in 2015. Contributors have included transplant recipients, transplant staff, living donors, local artists and some Canadian celebrities, including Chris Hadfield, Leonard Cohen, David Foster, Cindy and Don Cherry, RUSH, and others. Find out more at https://newcanvasoflife.ca