the word. A travel representative that Lisa knew through her work at CAA Club Group found out about Lisa’s situation. As a kidney donor himself, he hoped to help find someone who would be a match. He put the word out to the travel community about the need for a donor on his own social media accounts. It worked.
The post was shared over 500 times. After a friend told her about the post, a retired travel agent from British Columbia named Susan came forward and offered to donate her kidney to help Lisa. Despite the two women having no previous connection, Susan really wanted to help.
Finally in 2019 after a year of tests, Susan’s kidney was deemed to be an official match. Susan would need to travel from Langley, British Columbia to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Unsure of how she would get to Winnipeg, Susan discovered Hope Air. When she told Lisa about the organization, Lisa recalled how her employer – CAA Club Group – made contributions to Hope Air.
“I am so grateful for Hope Air. I don’t think I would be here today without you getting Susan here for me,” said Lisa.
Hope Air flew Susan to Winnipeg for the surgery. The two spent time recovering together at Lisa’s home a week afterwards, and the two women formed an everlasting bond through their time together and celebrated a late Thanksgiving. There was much to be thankful for.
“ I would not be here today without Hope Air. ”
Lisa and Susan still keep in touch. They chat on the 10th of every month, the day the surgery took place, to remember their time together and update one another on what’s happening in their lives.