Team BC poses for a group photo at the 2014 Canadian Transplant Games in Moncton

Team BC poses for a group photo at the 2014 Canadian Transplant Games in Moncton

Cranbrook represented at Transplant Games

Team BC travels to Moncton, New Brunswick for weeklong event

For some, 13 may be considered an unlucky number but this past July,  13 athletes of Team BC hit the road and headed to the 2014 Canadian Transplant Games in Moncton, NB.

The fact that Hurricane Arthur was making shore on the very weekend that athletes from all over Canada were scheduled to land in Moncton did not deter any ones plans.

In fact the excitement just grew as athletes stranded at various airports in Quebec and Ontario connected on social media to catch up with the changes and keep everyone informed of their progress in getting to Moncton.

For local resident Heather Hockley this was her second time attending the national transplant games.

Born and raised in Fernie, Heather later moved to Cranbrook and in May of 2011, received her gift of life when she got the telephone call to go to Vancouver for her kidney transplant.

This year, Heather was among over 300 athletes and their supporters who converged on Moncton making the University their home for the weeklong event which covers all types of sports.

Some of the sports are very competitive with people training in advance to compete for gold in their sport of choice.

While other events are not so competitive, according to Heather this is what makes the games so unique and can cater to a large range of athletes of all ages and abilities.

“The fact that we can participate in the games is simply amazing, everyone has a story to share and it really is like one big family reunion that keeps growing, it just wouldn’t happen without organ donation,” said Heather.

The only qualification needed to be an athlete in the games is that one must have an organ transplant.

“It really is about celebrating our new life,” Heather said. “Without organ donation it’s hard to say where any of us would be one thing is for certain we would not have been healthy enough to participate in an event of this magnitude”.

The event showcases to all of Canada the importance of Organ Donation and this year was no exception.  The next National Transplant games will be held in Toronto in 2016. Team BC is always looking for new athletes to join and experience the excitement.

Heather’s goal is to attend a World Transplant game in the near future with the 2015 World Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

You too can make a difference in someone’s life just by signing up to be an organ donor.  It takes only minutes and will make a difference in someone’s quality of life. If you would like to hear more information about organ donation and the Transplant games please feel free to contact heather at hehockley@gmail.com.  If you haven’t already please take a minute and visit www.transplant.bc.ca  to register and please discuss your wishes with your family. It really does make a difference!

Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Ryan McKenzie of the Kimberley Trails Society made an in-depth presentation to City Council describing the initial steps of the Electrify the Mountains eBike trails project. This is a look at the project one map.
Kimberley City Council hears details on Electrify the Mountain project

At the meeting of City Council on Tuesday, June 8 Ryan McKenzie… Continue reading

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the 2021 BC Summer Reading Club. Kimberley Public Library file
Kimberley kids invited to join summer reading club at Public Library

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the… Continue reading

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

The rainbow flag flies beside the Canadian flag outside the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus on June 26, 2020. Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day, and also June is Pride Month. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Forty sled dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a Salmo kennel in February. A recent ruling has decided the dogs won’t be returned. Photo: Gounsil/Flickr
BC Farm Industry Review Board rules against Salmo kennel after 40 sled dogs seized

Spirit of the North Kennels was also ordered to pay BC SPCA $64,000

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Most Read