Simon Keith

An up-and-coming soccer super star on the verge of greatness, Simon developed his superb playing ability in the very impressive Vancouver Island and British Columbia Soccer systems. Playing for the old Boys Club and Lansdowne Evening Optimist as a kid and playing along side players like older brother Adam, Russ Courtnall and Jeff Mallett, it was Simon who was destined for soccer stardom. After graduating from Mount Doug High School, Simon chased his soccer dreams by moving to England as a 17 year old to play professionally.

Returning to Canada, after a year, with hopes of being selected for Canada’s 1986 World Cup team Simon caught what he thought was a cold.

It wasn’t.

A highly publicized heart transplant surely had ended Simon’s dreams of playing professional soccer again.

However, against all odds, Simon was able to climb back up the mountain…first as a scholarship winner at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and then, exactly three years to the day after his heart transplant, Simon was drafted number one overall into the United States Professional Soccer Leagues.

Fast forward 25 years and Simon finds himself, as one of the longest surviving heart transplant recipients in the world, standing on a field in Wales with the father of the young man whose heart has been beating in Simon’s chest for more than a quarter of a century.

What would he say? What could he say?

How do you say thank you to someone who gave you everything?

And then the day takes a series of turns that no one…not even Simon – for whom the extraordinary has become commonplace – could ever predict.

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