Cystic fibrosis campaigner Eva Markvoort dies
Cystic fibrosis campaignerEva Markvoort's Web site is reporting that she died this morning at 9:30.
Markvoort shared her experiences with CF in 65_RedRoses, which won three awards at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival. The documentary was made by Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall.
The former Miss New Westminster received a double lung transplant, but her body wouldn't accept the organs. On February 24, the University of Victoria awarded her a bachelor's degree less than two weeks after she created a farewell video.
The filmmakers told Georgia Straight movies editor Craig Takeuchi that Markvoort's story convinced many people to become organ donors.
Markvoort was the winner of the 2010 Summerhayes award for her work on behalf of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She inspired many people across the country with her courage and dignity.
The award was presented to her at Vancouver General Hospital.
For more information on cystic fibrosis or to make donations in Markvoort's memory, contact the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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