Operation Popcorn gives thanks to healthcare workers

BC Transplant's Operation Popcorn was in full force Wednesday as donor family member Alice Graham and transplant recipient Randy Sokolowski happily delivered tins of popcorn to the University Hospital of Northern B.C.'s emergency department, operating room staff, and intensive care unit, as well as the coroner's office.

The campaign offers the opportunity for those whose lives have changed forever to show appreciation for all the crucial care provided by healthcare workers.

article continues below

Graham, whose husband Bob is the oldest organ donor in BC Transplant's history, was happy to be part of the project.

"This is the first time I've done this and I think it's very important for us to do things like this," said Alice.

Bob died on Jan. 6, 2014, just two months shy of his 80th birthday. Bob led a very active lifestyle and Alice fondly recalls one incident where a short trip to the store turned out a bit different than expected.

"We live up on Ridgeview Drive (in the Hart Highlands area) - and Bob said he was going to go to the grocery store on his bicycle - he was about 77 at the time," said Alice, who smiled at the memory. "So two and a half hours later he comes back and I asked him where he'd been. He said 'well, I went to the Save On in College Heights.'"

Sokolowski had a successful kidney transplant on June 22, 2015, due to the generous donation from his younger sister Cheryl Restall, who lives in Saskatoon.

"Things are going fantastic and it's like having a new life," said Sokolowski.

Restall was able to leave the hospital three days after the procedure and Sokolowski was out in five.

This is his first time volunteering with Operation Popcorn, just like Graham.

"It's great to be able to say thank you to the people who are involved with donors and recipients," said Sokolowski.

During the 2016 Operation Popcorn campaign, more than 100 tins of popcorn were delivered by more than 100 volunteers who represent recipients, living donors and donor families. This project has been in existence for 25 years.

To register to be an organ donor visit www.transplant.bc.ca.

Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Prince George Citizen welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. Comments that contain external links will not be permitted. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Highway speed limit POLL

The provincial government is revisiting highway speed limits across B.C. What do you think should be done?

or  view results

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!

Popular Citizen

Community Event Calendar

Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.

Lowest Gas Prices in Prince George
Prince George Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com