Friday, February 12, 2010


Please keep Eva and her family in your thoughts and prayers today. They need it now, more than ever.

The video below shares Eva's thoughts about what is to come. It is both dark and light, and shares some very serious content.

I have been quietly following Eva's blog for awhile now. Eva was diagnosed with chronic rejection following her double lung transplant two years ago. Through it all, she has shown a zest for life that not many people know, an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds her, and a fiery spirit (which goes well with her fiery hair).

Sadly, Eva is not expected to live much longer. She was re-listed for a second transplant, but the lungs have not come in time. As Eva reminds us,

the greatest thing you'll ever learn
is just to love
and be loved in return

There is an amazing documentary, 65_RedRoses, that shares Eva's personal journey and takes an unflinching look into Eva's life as she fought to beat the odds against Cystic Fibrosis and lung transplant. The film received several awards at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival.

I have not had the opportunity to see the film in its final cut, but just watching the short clips posted online reveals the beautiful, quirky, funny and inspiring person known to the world as Eva Markvoort.

Breathe easy, Eva.