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CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE 2020

October 3 and 4 !

The CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE is back in full swing again this year in order to support these great projects and to allow CHAIN OF LIFE to continue carrying out its primary mission, which is to educate youth about the importance of organ and tissue donation (including bone marrow) and have them become ambassadors for family discussions.

Together, we can make a difference.

Join the Montreal Chain of life on October 3 or your region's Chain of life on October 4. Come and climb with us for organ-donation education!

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You can't make it? No problem! You can make a donation to support CHAIN OF LIFE by supporting the team of your choice.

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Help us make this year's CHALLENGE a huge success!

We're counting on you!

Thanks!

TOGETHER, LET'S CLIMB FOR LIFE!
Isabelle Maréchal et  son conjoint Thierry Houillon, porte-parole du Défi Chaîne de vie

A COUPLE COMMITTED TO ORGAN DONATION

It is an honour to welcome Isabelle Maréchal and Thierry Houillon, as our official hosts of the CHAIN OF LIFE Challenge again this year. Well-known radio personality on FM 98.5 and its COGECO sister stations across Quebec, as well as a columnist for the Journal de Québec, Isabelle Maréchal and her spouse, Thierry Houillon fully understand the importance of organ donation. Houillon was saved by a liver transplant.

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THE CHAINS OF LIFE

CHAINS OF LIFE are made up of key links representing doctors, nurses, people who have received a transplant, donor families, teachers, students, elite climbers and public figures, thus creating a movement that brings together all those touched directly or indirectly by organ and tissue donation, as well as anyone else who wishes to support CHAIN OF LIFE.

A WORD FROM LUCIE DUMONT, FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF CHAIN OF LIFE

It's under the theme "Diane Hébert's dream shall come true!" that we invite you to participate in the 5th edition of the CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE on a mountain in your region on October 5 and 6.

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Lucie Dumont, fondatrice du programme Chaîne de vie

Hello everyone!

It's under the theme "Diane Hébert's dream shall come true!" that we invite you to participate in the 5th edition of the CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE on a mountain in your region on October 5 and 6.

This year we are honouring Diane Hébert, a woman who has marked organ donation in Quebec and who was the first ambassador of CHAIN OF LIFE in 2007, when it all began. Ms. Hébert firmly believed that school education was the keystone to creating an organ-donation culture in Quebec. Just before her death in June 2008, she made me promise to do everything I could to have CHAIN OF LIFE taught in all secondary schools in Quebec. Considering the enthusiasm generated by our project, in both the fields of education and health, and the support received from all over, Diane Hébert's dream shall indeed one day come true!

To date, we estimate that more than 30% of public-school teachers have received our training and already we have several training sessions scheduled during the upcoming school year. This year, we will also include the private sector, as well as have a pilot project with four teachers in the English sector. This will help us to adapt our material and eventually reach all secondary schools in Quebec.

Ms. Hébert would surely be very proud of what we have accomplished thus far! It is also heart warming for her daughter, Isabelle Tétreault, who is committed to seeing her mother's dream come true and who is, not only the coordinator of the CHALLENGE in the Laurentian region, but also its flag bearer.

I would also like to draw attention to the remarkable feat of our ambassador climber, Mr. Gabriel Filippi, who honoured the memory of Mr. Serge Dessureault by planting the CHAIN OF LIFE flag on top of Mt. Everest last May and the very next day, on the summit of Lhotse, a neighbouring mountain over 8 000 metres high! In addition, in June, Gabriel Filippi carried our flag to the top of Denali (in Alaska), the highest summit in North America. What a wonderful way to honour the memory of Serge Dessureault!

I would like to thank Ms. Isabelle Maréchal and her spouse, Thierry Houillon, for accepting to be the official hosts of the CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE for a fourth consecutive year.

My thanks also go out to the Fondation St-Hubert, the Fondation Claire et Jean-Pierre Léger and to Cogeco for their support as provincial partners of the 2019 CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE. Collaboration from such foundations and organizations is a tremendous source of motivation, not only for the CHAIN OF LIFE team, but also for the teams in each region who are working very hard to make this edition of the CHALLENGE a success.

In addition, your support is a wonderful message of solidarity for all those engaged in one way or another in the donor chain, namely the teachers, students, educational advisors and school principals who have invested in this great educational mission about organ and tissue donation.

In closing, it is my pleasure to announce that again this year, we will have a challenge outside Quebec, in Squamish on Vancouver Island.

I hope that there will be lots of us climbing for CHAIN OF LIFE, a challenge that not only celebrates the donation chain, but also the best in each of us: our generosity and our solidarity.

In the name of the entire CHAIN OF LIFE team, an immense thank you!


Lucie Dumont
President and Founder of CHAIN OF LIFE



Diane Hébert, précurseure du don d'organe au Québec

Ms. Diane Hébert's dream becoming reality

DIANE HÉBERT: FORERUNNER OF ORGAN DONATION IN QUEBEC

Ms. Diane Hébert was the first Quebecker to receive a heart-lungs transplant on November 26, 1983, at a time when transplants were still science-fiction. She lived 22 years thanks to this transplant and during these years she greatly furthered the cause of organ donation in Quebec.

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Diane Hébert, précurseure du don d'organe au Québec

Le rêve de Diane Hébert deviendra réalité

DIANE HÉBERT : PRÉCURSEURE DU DON D’ORGANES AU QUÉBEC

Ms. Diane Hébert was the first Quebecker to receive a heart-lungs transplant on November 26, 1983, at a time when transplants were still science-fiction. She lived 22 years thanks to this transplant and during these years she greatly furthered the cause of organ donation in Quebec.

It is, in fact, thanks to Diane Hébert that, in 1987, Quebec's health insurance card became the official card for organ donation. That same year, she set up a foundation to help those waiting for a transplant and those who having received a transplant and to raise awareness about organ donation.

For her priceless legacy for the organ-donation cause, the city of Lorraine has named a park in her honour

To learn more about Diane Hébert, consult the following link (in French only):

See article




GGabriel Filipi et le don d'organe : une cause à la hauteur de l'everest

GABRIEL FILIPPI AND ORGAN DONATION: A CAUSE AT THE HEIGHTS OF EVEREST

The social engagement of the alpinist-speaker, Gabriel Filippi, is well known, among others because of his unwavering support of organ donation. According to Mr. Filippi, many "mountains" are as high as Everest; the interminable wait for an organ transplant is one of them.

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GGabriel Filipi et le don d'organe : une cause à la hauteur de l'everest

GABRIEL FILIPPI AND ORGAN DONATION: A CAUSE AT THE HEIGHTS OF EVEREST

The social engagement of the alpinist-speaker, Gabriel Filippi, is well known, among others because of his unwavering support of organ donation. According to Mr. Filippi, many "mountains" are as high as Everest; the interminable wait for an organ transplant is one of them.

Gabriel Filippi's interest in organ donation goes back many years. In fact, in 2003, he became the expedition leader of the Cordée du coeur. With a multi-disciplinary team, he achieved a world first: bringing Sylvain Bédard, a heart transplant recipient, to the top of Mont Blanc, the highest summit of the French Alpes (4,810 metres). This expedition, followed by 10 million Canadians, was an excellent way to promote organ donation, in addition to giving hope to the thousands of people waiting for a transplant, not only in Quebec, but throughout Canada.

In 2015, Gabriel Filippi became le ambassador climber for the CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE for the Montreal region. Last May, with the will and wisdom of a great climber, he reached the summit of Everest with the CHAIN OF LIFE flag for the third time, and the very next day, less than 24 hours later, he reached Lhotse, another peak 8,000 metres high! A remarkable feat! Then, a month later, in June 2019, he reached yet another summit: Denali in Alaska, again with the CHAIN OF LIFE flag. For this champion climber, every mountain represents the chance to support a cause dear to his heart.

The social engagement of the alpinist-speaker, Gabriel Filippi, is well known, among others because of his unwavering support of organ donation. According to Mr. Filippi, many "mountains" are as high as Everest; the interminable wait for an organ transplant is one of them.

For more information information about Gabriel Filippi, alpinist-speaker, please see the following link: http://www.gabrielfilippi.com

The CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE

 

A HUMAN CHAIN CLIMBING FOR LIFE!


Together, let's climb for life !

ORGAN DONATION IN SCHOOLS IN QUEBEC

To date, more than 100,000 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY CHAIN OF LIFE.

Although the majority of Quebeckers say they are in favour of organ donation, it is estimated that about 30% of potential organ donations do not happen, often because the family isn't aware of their loved one's wishes. Signing one's medical card or the RAMQ's register of consent is a first step, but it does not suffice. In Quebec, we have chosen to respect the family's decision. Therefore, the family always has the final word, which is why discussing this subject with your loved ones is so very important.

It is to inform families about this issue that CHAIN OF LIFE was founded. CHAIN OF LIFE brings together the fields of health and education in order to enable young people aged 15–16 to make an informed personal decision regarding organ and tissue donation via their English course. They then become ambassadors for promoting family discussions on the subject. The project also helps them appreciate the priceless value of a healthy body and celebrate the greatest gift of all - Life!

For more information about the CHAIN OF LIFE project in schools, please click here.

YOUNG PEOPLE MADE AWARE = A WELL-INFORMED POPULATION = MORE LIVES SAVED

1% sont décédés dans des conditions médicales susceptibles d’envisager le don de leurs organes
182 donneurs ont permis à 510 personnes de recouvrer la santé
786 personnes sont toujours en attentes d'une greffes

*Estimation/**Statistics from 2018

Again

This year!

Each participant will receive a headband to identify him or her with the group they belong to in the GREAT CHAIN OF LIFE PROJECT:

  • Transplant recipients and their families and friends: yellow,
  • Donor families, living donors and their friends and families: purple
  • People from the field of education: blue,
  • People from the field of health: green,
  • Supporters from the general public: red.

Registration fees are $25 online and $30 for onsite registration.
It is also possible to make an additional donation to support the cause.


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Select the mountain of your choice

Please click on the region of your choice for details about the climb, registration and participants.
(Currently in French only)

Together, Let’s move mountains and celebrate life!
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Other date and/or place

It is possible to sign up to take on the CHALLENGE at a different date and place of your own choosing. We invite groups who plan to do the 2019 CHALLENGE on their own at a different date or place to contact us in order to borrow the CHAIN OF LIFE flag.

Thank you for your initiative!

All the details

(Currently in French only)

A mountain and a transplant

A GOOD COMPARISON

Waiting for a transplant is a little like climbing a mountain. Both require preparation, stamina, determination, perseverance and, above all, good support. The climber needs solid ropes and the person waiting for an organ, a support network he can count on. Both are incredible challenges.

To donate

to chain of life

The CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE was first launched in 2015 by CHAIN OF LIFE, a charity organization whose principal mission is to support a school-based project with invaluable social impact designed to educate young people 15–16 years old about organ and tissue donation in all schools across Quebec.

The CHALLENGE supports CHAIN OF LIFE and by the same token, it offers a message of hope to all those waiting for a transplant in Quebec. Funds collected serve to train teachers, provide schools with the pedagogical material and develop additional tools to facilitate family discussions about organ and tissue donation, among others.

As well, both the project and the CHALLENGE help us realize the importance keeping our organs healthy.

The CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE would like to invite everyone to support CHAIN OF LIFE by supporting the Flag Team of your choice at one of the 14 sites participating in the CHALLENGE on October 5 & 6 or by making a donation to CHAIN OF LIFE.

To donate

(Currently in French only)

Thank you for your generosity.
Together, let's move mountains… Let's climb for life!

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CHAIN OF LIFE

An organization that contributes to saving lives

CHAIN OF LIFE is a registered charitable organization whose principal mission is to support an educational and social project created to raise the awareness of students 15–16 years old about organ and tissue donation via their ESL classes. This project, which is available to all secondary schools in Quebec, also leads them to take care of their health and to celebrate life.

The goal of CHAIN OF LIFE is to raise students' awareness about organ and tissue donation and to teach them about the subject by presenting correct information and real-life situations.

Together, let's climb for life!
In educating youth about organ donation

When young people make an informed personal decision regarding organ donation and then share it with their parents, they become ambassadors for family discussion. It is by educating young people and encouraging them to talk about organ donation with their loved ones that we will be able to reach the population of Quebec as a whole.

The CHAIN OF LIFE project was developed by the CHAIN OF LIFE team in partnership with the Kamouraska−Rivière‐du‐Loup School Board and Transplant Québec. It has received support from a number of organizations and contributors including Desjardins, the Quebec government, the Fondation Léonne-Ouellette, the Quebec Division of the Canadian Kidney Foundation, the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec et the Fédération des comités de parents du Québec. The project also received a mention in the Quebec National Assembly.

It is a unique project that brings out the best in each of us!

Contact

For more information or to become a sponsor of the CHAIN OF LIFE CHALLENGE:

1 877 352-9264

defi@chainedevie.org