The story of Eva Markvoort, a young woman from New Westminster with cystic fibrosis who died while waiting for a double lung transplant, has been made into a documentary called 65 RedRoses. This powerful message of life, love and hope will be shown to the public on Thursday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University. The centre is located in the north campus off entrance 2 at 2055 Purcell Way in North Vancouver. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.
After the showing, Capilano University president, Dr. Kris Bulcroft, members of BC Transplant, and 65 RedRoses co-director, Nimisha Mukerji, will answer questions from the audience. HelloCoolWorld, who runs the campaign for BC Transplant and owns the rights to the film, will be present with assorted products that display the artwork on the poster. The proceeds fund the BC Transplant campaign.
By opening up her life, Eva started a global campaign for organ donation and CF awareness. In her final days as she was dying in St. Paul’s Hospital, she used a video blog to keep in touch with the many thousands of people moved by her experience. Sadly, her breath ran out on March 27, 2010, while waiting for a second transplant.
65 RedRoses has won numerous awards, been featured on CBC, and is a revision of the original film released in 2009 to incorporate Eva’s death.
The documentary is now owned by Cap’s library and is available for class use. The presentation and film are ideal materials for exploring issues around organ donation and transplants, public health, documentary film making, and public health campaigns.
A number of Cap U employees and students of have had their lives restored by organ transplants. Today, more than 800,000 people in BC have registered for organ donation. In B.C. during the 2011 calendar year, 285 people received organ transplants and 432 remained active on the wait list, hoping for a chance to live. Many more are not quite sick enough to qualify for the active list.
In collaboration with University of British Columbia medical student Cyrus McEachern, Eva Markvoort created the stunning photographs for BC Transplant’s Live Life. The backdrop of the poster is Eva’s own image.