Tragically, 65_RedRoses' Eva Markvoort posts a goodbye video
Tragic and heartbreaking news.
Inspirational 25-year-old Eva Markvoort from New Westminster, whose struggle with cystic fibrosis was the subject of the documentary 65_RedRoses, posted a goodbye video on her blog a few days ago to announce that she is losing her valiant battle.
Although she managed to get a double-lung transplant in 2007, she continued to struggle with chronic rejection, which is the failure of a recipient's body to accept transplanted organs.
This past weekend, the documentary opened the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Filmmakers Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji had informed me that after several screenings at the Vancouver International Film Festival (which was brought back by popular demand), numerous viewers had been inspired by her story to become organ donors.
I had the honour of meeting Eva at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year. Her enthusiasm for life was infectious, and her resilient spirit was truly admirable.
I am deeply saddened by this news, and am at a loss for words. My thoughts are with her and her family right now.
Please visit her blog to leave messages for Eva, and also to learn more about her story.
To learn more about the film or how to become an organ donor, please visit the film's Web site.