Cystic fibrosis campaigner Eva Markvoort dies

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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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Susie
love love love you Eva. Breathe easy and be at peace - you won't be forgotten.
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Jade
Miss you Eva, love love love always. You are part of the fabric of our life.
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Beth
Oh no. Rest in peace, young Eva. Your spirit lives on in many. It's not fair. Condolences to her loved ones.
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Danielle
Eva, You will never be forgotten. Your legacy will live on as you have inspired countless to become organ donors. Thank you for everything you have accomplished in your short time on earth. We love you.
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JC
Rest in peace, everyone will miss you
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Mr.Herbert
She had a good life. The tragedy is nothing could be done to stop the disease. Her strength of character and resolve were truly exceptional. The pain and pride her family must be feeling I can not imagine. Eva made a difference and transcended her condition, becoming wise beyond her years because she had to, and compassionate for everyone because she wanted to. A soul like hers is truly unique. She will be remembered always.
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Kina
Your spirit continues to shine an amazing bright light, Eva. Your legacy lives on, touching new lives each and every day. Rest in peace beautiful girl, your story and your amazing heart and attitude has truly touched my heart. xo
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