Origins and Organ Donation
If you’re like us you likely wish you had a second chance at any given circumstance or situation in life. Receiving an Organ Transplant is just that: A Second Chance.
I’d like to introduce you to the 2nd Chance Trail Ride. We hold an annual trail ride the second weekend of May each year. The ride will take place on the Historic Iron Horse Trail from Lindbergh, AB to Heinsburg, AB with a lunch provided at Middle Creek along the trail. Following the trail ride there will be supper along with entertainment and a live/silent auction.
Our non-profit organization was created in 2012 after five likeminded individuals received a double lung transplant. This crew of gentlemen wanted to create an organization that promoted Organ and Tissue Donation as well as a community to assist individuals going through the transplant recipient process. Our organization and event’s purpose is to encourage organ and tissue donations, give thanks to those who have donated and support individuals going the transplant journey.
We have had great success in the past years! We have held trial rides that recognized and thanked individuals who gave the greatest gift (Organ & Tissue Donation), celebrated the individuals going through or those who have gone through the Transplant process, promoted Organ & Tissue Donation, as well as created an assistance program for Transplant recipients. Through our campaign to raise awareness for Organ and Tissue Donation we have placed signs along local roadways (Ferguson Flats & La Corey) as well as in local hockey and curling arenas. We have attended parades to spread our message that Organ Donation works. We have created a community that promotes conversation between organ donation recipients and those going through the transplant process. Our financial assistance program help recipients with fuel and grocery cards as well as cash to help cover the expenses incurred while journeying through the transplant process. We have assisted in the opening of two apartments for individuals to stay during their transplant recovery.
We are pleased with our past successes but in order to continue with our financial obligations to maintain the apartments and assist with financial aid, we need help from businesses and individuals.