(ISN) – Starting May 31st, 2012, Kibby Evans (of Duncan, BC) and Daman Milsom (of Kelowna, BC – past Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Team member) will fly out to St. John’s Newfoundland to begin an over 9000km bike trek across Canada in the hopes of raising $50 000 for organ transplant research and to encourage 10,000 Canadians to register to be organ donors.
The pair will be carrying all of their gear on their bikes and camping along the way. With the overwhelming support from the community and corporate sponsors supporting the trek, the pair are well on their way to reaching their goals.
In Canada during 2010, 2,153 organ transplants were performed but unfortunately another 4,529 Canadians remained on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant, and 247 patients died while waiting. Daman and Kibby hope that the trek will contribute to the increase of successful organ transplants and stimulate research for newly developed treatment strategies, technologies and therapies for those whose lives are threatened by organ failure.
The initial motivation for the trek is from Kibby’s father who received a life-saving liver transplant in December of 2011 as well as other family and friends whose lives have been compromised by organ failure.
Damon Milsom (left) and Kibby Evans (right) will begin their trek across Canada May 31st from Newfoundland.
In order to reach their fundraising goals, Daman and Kibby will be hosting a Kick Off Fundraiser at Birds Eye Cove Farm in Genoa Bay, BC on May 26th, 2012. The event will include a BBQ starting at 7pm and feature Maxwell Smart Band. For tickets please contact Kibby at 250 466 4228.
For more information on the trek or to register to be an organ donor/make a donation for the Transplant Research Foundation of BC please visit Daman and Kibby’s website at www.trekking4transplants.ca , like them on Facebook at Trekking4Transplants or follow them on Twitter @Trek4Transplant.
Kibby and Daman will be keeping a blog of the journey as well that can be viewed on their webpage once their trek begins.