Ross Kobayashi has lived and worked in Calgary since 1980. He owned an oil and gas advisory firm specializing in asset and corporate sales. Ross led an active life including skiing, hiking, and biking in the mountains. Hiking included summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as the Milford Track. He has volunteered with the Calgary Foundation for the last 15 years. About 7 years ago he came down with a severe cough that was subsequently diagnosed as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Typically, IPF patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. As the disease progressed it became clear the only solution was a lung transplant. After extensive testing he received EVLP treated lungs in February 2017. Recovery still continues but he is able to enjoy the outdoors, family and friends which never would have been possible without the EVLP transplant.
Karen Hamilton is from Taber, Alberta. She knew from an early age that she had a debilitating disease. The Cystic Fibrosis gave her a constant cough and by the time she got to junior high school she was no longer able to participate in many physical activities. About half of CF patients die before they are 35. In spite of her disability she was able to attend university to become an accountant and got married. After having twins via surrogate she finally received EVLP treated lungs in 2013. FULL STORY AND BIO