Halifax, Day 1

Julia and I had a busy morning. We started out by meeting with Robert Chisholm, the MP for Dartmouth/Coal Harbour, NS:

Robert and one of his staffers had a good chat with us about Cystic Fibrosis and transplant. You can tell when people actually care. They did. It is easier to spill your guts about your life when you know that the people you are talking to actually give a shit.

Here’s another reason why I hope that people care:

These are my new buddies Talia and Jillian D’Alessio. Jillian is an Olympian sprint kyaker. Talia has CF. There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, but transplant is a treatment. So, as things stand now, Talia will eventually need a transplant to survive. Please register to be an organ donor, or help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis so that Talia doesn’t lose her life and Jill doesn’t lose her sister. What more can I say?

I rounded off my day by finally meeting some friends of mine and Joey’s: Trevor, Nancy Lee, and Alison. Trevor has CF, lived in our building in Toronto, and got his lung transplant 12 days before Joey did in 2007. Nancy Lee is his wife (Trevor’s not Joey’s) and Alison is their daughter. Tonight was the first time we met in person. That took way too long, but I’m glad we finally got the chance to connect.

Thus winds down my busy day in Halifax. Can’t wait to get out and explore a little bit of the city tomorrow.