Anniversary screening of 65_RedRoses to raise awareness of transplants, CF research

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      A special 10th-anniversary screening of the film 65_RedRoses will take place at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre on Sunday (September 8) in Vancouver.

      The award-winning 2009 documentary, by filmmakers Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall, looks at the life of a 23-year-old New Westminster woman with cystic fibrosis (CF), Eva Markvoort, as she awaits a second double lung transplant at Vancouver General Hospital.

      Markvoort was battling organ rejection from a previous operation and blogging about her life and health struggles from her hospital bed. She recorded a farewell video for her community of online followers several weeks before her death in March 2010, and it was viewed by more than 150,000 people in 24 hours.

      The film was a triple winner at the 2009 Vancouver International Film festival, capturing the most popular Canadian film, most popular Canadian documentary, and women in film awards.

      The documentary has been credited with helping raise awareness of and funds for CF research in Canada, as well as helping to triple the B.C. transplant-donor rate.

      Proceeds from the screening will go to the Transplant Research Foundation of British Columbia. 

      The gala screening of 65_RedRoses takes place on Sunday (September 8), 7 p.m., at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. There will also be speakers and a special musical guest. Tickets available at the door.

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