Written by Tanya Colledge, Communications, BC Transplant

Starting Monday, December 4, teams of transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families will deliver festive tins of popcorn to staff in ICUs, ERs, and ORs across the province to thank them for the gift of life.

For many hospital staff around the province, the kickoff to the holiday season begins with a very special delivery from some very special individuals. 

Starting Monday, December 4, teams of transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families will deliver festive tins of popcorn to staff in ICUs, ERs, and ORs across the province to thank them for the gift of life.

“Operation Popcorn is an opportunity for health professionals in intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency departments in hospitals around the province to see how their hard work and dedication helps save lives,” explains Leanne Appleton, BC Transplant’s provincial executive director. “These deliveries are a small way for us to thank them for all they do.”

Health care professionals often only get to see the tragic side of organ donation as they support families of donors, dealing with the loss of a loved one, through the donation process. Operation Popcorn allows them to meet the recipients whose lives have been saved through organ donation.

Tony Maidment, the team captain for Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, will make the delivery for the first time as a transplant recipient. He received a transplant this spring after waiting six years for a new liver.

“This year’s Operation Popcorn is so very special to my family and me,” he says. “Although it’s a small gesture, to be able to thank some of the incredible doctors, nurses and hospital professionals in person means so much to us.”

These much anticipated annual deliveries will occur from December 4 to 8. To follow the festivities, please like BC Transplant on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.


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