Eva Markvoort inspires sold-out 65_RedRoses Benefit Concert for cystic fibrosis

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      Vancouver musicians Dan Mangan, Hannah Georgas, and others are donating their talent to a sold-out cystic fibrosis fundraising concert inspired by blogger Eva Markvoort.

      The 65_RedRoses Benefit Concert takes place Friday (February 11) at Massey Theatre in New Westminster, the community where Markvoort grew up.

      Kim Bowie, an event spokesperson, said the concert is a continuation of the legacy left by Markvoort, who died from the respiratory illness in March 2010 at age 25.

      The benefit concert will mark one year since Markvoort posted a moving goodbye video on her 65_RedRoses blog.

      “February 11 is a big day for all of us because that was the day we kind of accepted she wasn’t going to make it,” said Bowie, who was Markvoort’s friend.

      “It’s just really incredible to see, a year later, how much people still want to talk about her story and share it.”

      Markvoort chronicled her experience with cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease with no known cure, on her popular 65_RedRoses blog.

      She was also featured in an award-winning documentary, which is to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

      After receiving a double-lung transplant in 2007, Markvoort experienced transplant rejection before passing away.

      All proceeds from the concert will go toward the research-funding work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, organizers say.

      Bowie said she is thrilled the event sold out, adding donations can still be made in Markvoort’s memory at https://cfvancouver.ca/donation_form-Eva.php.