Courageous family continues to raise organ donor awareness


Many heartfelt thanks to the loving family of the late Trevor Funkenhauser, who on Nov. 4 were recognized for their ongoing and outstanding contributions towards organ and tissue donation awareness.

A golf tournament held every year by Trevor's parents Gunther and Judith Funkenhauser and their extended family and friends continues to raise funds to support equipment and awareness raising initiatives for this important cause.

Following his courageous battle in 2006, Trevor's organs saved three lives and improved the lives of many others because of his Gift of Life through organ donation. This year's annual A Day For A Life golf tournament raised more than $25,000, putting the total raised over the past six years to more than $125,000. Gunther and Judith presented this year's cheque to the WRH Foundation during an emotional ceremony at the Ouellette campus.

"We have the power to save lives," Gunther said at the event, noting that he hopes to continue to do his part to raise awareness while encouraging others to do the same.

"As long as I can do it, I will do it. We're willing to do whatever we can to promote organ and tissue donation."

Foundation Chair Richard Vennettelli noted statistics that show that "every three days, a person dies waiting for an organ."

"Thank you for everything you do in our community," he said to the Funkenhausers.

Paula Schmidt, regional Gift of Life coordinator, called the Funkehausers "truly inspirational."

"WRH is really lucky to have you and your continued support," she said, remind those gathered to tell their friends to "take the two minutes - go to beadonor.ca - and save a life and think of the legacy you could leave behind."

Thank you to Gunther, Judith and all of their family, friends and supporters who continue to remind our residents to register their online consent to organ and tissue donation at beadonor.ca.