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The Donovan Show

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Over the years Saskatchewan poet Beth Gobeil has been documenting her life as the mother of a son with , ...last year things took a dramatic turn as her son Donovan was faced with what the family had always known was coming, a lung transplant (and donors are rare) or the loss of Donovan's life...

We spend the hour following that journey, through Beth Gobeil's poetry.

Donovan's life was saved because a young man in Alberta and his family consented to donate his organs. Healthy undamaged lung donations are very rare. The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is constantly trying to get more people to commit to the The Donor Program.

Here's a note from Donovan's mother, and our featured poet, Beth Gobeil, written in 2009:

"Just over a year ago, my husband & I found ourselves in the midst of a parent's nightmare...our 20-year old son was in dire need of new lungs, as years of fighting infection due to Cystic Fibrosis has scarred his own lungs so badly that they no longer functioned.  As he lay in the ICU breathing with the help of a ventilator, we knew his life was drawing to a close.  We grieved that we would not be able to witness him meet his life's goals, those things every young person dreams of: going to post-secondary school, starting a career, falling in love...he so deserved another chance at life. 

photo465.jpg Then the phone rang, and we were told donor lungs had been located.  That second chance was coming, just when it was most needed.  I still get chills and wipe away tears of joy as I recall that unforgettable moment!!!  Another family, in the midst of unspeakable tragedy agreed to donate their loved one's organs.

I wish they could know the joy that they have bought to us with this priceless gift! Donovan worked extremely hard at recovering from this major surgery, and has bounced back to life, a life he cherishes with every single breath!  He can run for the first time in years, and works out daily to maintain optimal health.  He's making plans for beginning a career, and is enjoying special times with family and friends.  He has amazed everyone around him with his astounding recovery. 

We feel so privileged to have been touched in such a personal way with the gift of life. 

I hope his story touches you as well, and as we move into the season of giving, that you will talk with your family about your wishes, and consider becoming an organ donor. The decision you make could make the difference of a lifetime to someone in need."

The music you heard in this show is:


All You Need as Love, covered by Playing for Change, in benefit for AIDS Africa.

Playing for Change is a project, a series of Youtube films,


 a movement and a band. Find out more about it here.