I’ve recently decided to go on a little drive…across the country. Here’s why:
- I’m lost and I don’t know what to do with myself. The future I had planned is down the toilet. I need a new game plan. The problem is, whenever I come up with one, it sounds okay for the first little bit, then it doesn’t feel right anymore.
- Sooooo, I thought that it would be a good idea to take a trip. There are a lot of people spread out across Canada who I would love to see again, or meet in person for the first time. Taking a trip also buys me some time and will open my eyes to new opportunities while I try and figure out what to do with my life. I think having new experiences, meeting new people, reconnecting with others, and going on a little adventure is a good thing.
- Now for the other part that I’m really excited about: this trip is also going to give me the opportunity to raise awareness about organ donation and Cystic Fibrosis. How, you ask? Remember the documentary film 65_RedRoses that our friend Eva Markvoort, who also had Cystic Fibrosis, did about her wait for her first double lung transplant? On my way, I am going to be delivering 65 copies of the film to libraries in various communities across Canada. The hope is that people who have not had pre-existing contact with CF or transplant will become more familiar with these issues and either register to be an organ donor, support the fight against CF, or end up doing both. I have the backing of both Eva’s family and the Vancouver chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada in this endeavor. The beauty of this event is that it can be as big or as small as I am capable of. If I’m not having a good day, I can either stay put, or drop off a DVD anonymously as I breeze through town. If I am feeling okay enough, I have the ability to make it into a bigger deal and do more promoting. I think the key will be to pace myself and have a realistic outlook of what I am capable of at the moment.
How I am going to do it:
- The Vancouver chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada has been kind enough to donate a large number of the DVDs to help me on my mission. My fingers are crossed that I am able to get some kind of discount on the remaining movies, but we’ll have to see how it unfolds.
- When I started thinking about it, I came to the realization that Joey and I know a lot of people spread out across the country. Many of them have been kind enough to volunteer to let me rest my weary head at their pads while I drive across.
- Of course, there are going to be other expenses. Gas will be the biggest, but there will also be the remaining DVDs, food, and likely the odd hostel/hotel. I’m just going to throw it out there that if anyone wants to make a donation to help out with the trip expenses, it would be greatly appreciated (I also still have several Joey bracelets and 2011 calendars, so if you want one, please let me know when you make a donation). That said, I recognize that we have needed an extraordinary amount of support over the years, so if people are tapped out or don’t want to help, I completely understand. There is no expectation at all. IF you want to make a donation, it can be sent to either:
Kirstin Whitford, C-1 R.R. #1 Whalen Road, Powell River, BC, V8A 4Z2
Email transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (Just be sure to watch the spelling of both the first and last names. Yup, now I have the double-whammy weird name). Funds can also be deposited into Royal Bank savings account number: 5128046, transit number 08160. You need both of these numbers to make a deposit.
This info is also listed on the “How can I help?” section of the website.
Thus begins my soul searching/making things better for other people and hopefully myself mission. My fingers are crossed that this goes well; I’m excited and scared, but mostly excited. I leave home on August 20th (the day that Joey’s lung transplant finished – the operation spanned 2 days) and will be rolling back into Vancouver on October 24th (the day that Eva had her first double lung transplant)…65 days later. Weird, right? Normally I am skeptical, but I think that someone might be pulling a few strings for me. How can I say no to the J-Dub?