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Ross Brothers Plan to Rollerski Across Canada

Two brothers from Camrose, Alberta will be rolling through Lloydminister on Monday as they rollerski the 6,245 kilometers from Edmonton to St. John's, Newfoundland in an effort to thank Canada's unsung heroes - families who have donated a family member's organs and tissue so that others may live. Their trek began in Edmonton May 31st. When here, they will be personally thanking local heroes.

Mike Ross, 23, and his brother Tim, 22, know first hand the positive impact of those donations. Their launch coincides with the 10th anniversary of their 14-year-old sister Jennie's liver transplant, an event that made it possible for their close-knit family to remain complete. In 1992, when Jennie was four, she had suddenly contracted a virus that destroyed 98% of her liver and she was listed as the most critically ill liver patient in the country. She received her life-saving transplant in the nick of time when a family somewhere in the prairies made the decision that impacted on the Ross family like nothing else could have. They decided to donate their child's organs.

Mike and Tim wanted to do something special for that donor family that made such an incredibly hard decision at a time when it would seem impossible to do so.

This summer, the Canadian Transplant Games will be held August 6th in St. John's, Newfoundland. These Games are an opportunity for transplant athletes to participate in Olympic-style events a testimonial that organ donation really does work. Mike and Tim plan to arrive in Newfoundland in time for the Games, after rollerskiing an average of 100 km each day.

Along the way, with the help of a variety of transplant organizations and sponsors, the Ross brothers will participate in public awareness events in communities they visit. Mike and Tim hope to personally say "Thanks 100 Times Over" to those courageous families, Canada's unsung heroes. "Our objective is not to raise money, but to raise awareness about the incredible contribution these people have made," says Mike.


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