Joanne Arcardo gives the gift of popcorn to staff at Ride Meadows Hospital during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Joanne Arcardo gives the gift of popcorn to staff at Ride Meadows Hospital during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Transplant recipients give thanks at Ridge Meadows Hospital with popcorn

Operation Popcorn took place Monday

Geoff Dunsire has had kidney and liver transplants and was at Ridge Meadows Hospital on Monday, giving thanks to the nurses and doctors who helped him along his path to recovery.

Dunsire, along with his mother Tracey, his kidney donor Debi Pearce and fellow liver transplant recipient Joanne Arcardo, were highlighting the importance of organ donation as they handed out popcorn to the staff during the B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn.

The latter is an opportunity for those whose lives have been saved by organ donation to deliver festive packages of popcorn to staff in intensive care units, emergency departments and operating rooms across the province.

In 2013, Dunsire received a new liver from a deceased donor, then this past June received a kidney from the family’s real estate agent, Pearce.

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Arcardo received a liver transplant when she was 27 years old.

More than 100 volunteers were to visit 26 hospitals across the province for B.C. Transplant’s Operation Popcorn and deliver more than 100 packages of popcorn.

B.C. Transplant oversees all aspects of organ donation and transplants across the province and manages the B.C. Organ Donor Registry.


 

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Tracey Dunsire followed by her son Geoff, a double transplant recipient, carries popcorn around Ridge Meadows Hospital on Monday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Tracey Dunsire followed by her son Geoff, a double transplant recipient, carries popcorn around Ridge Meadows Hospital on Monday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital receive popcorn during B.C. Transplant’s 28th annual Operation Popcorn. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

From left, liver recipients Paul Lee and Joanne Arcardo, and the ICU staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital during a previous Operation Popcorn campaign. (Contributed)

From left, liver recipients Paul Lee and Joanne Arcardo, and the ICU staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital during a previous Operation Popcorn campaign. (Contributed)