"After I lost my brother, my parents decided to donate his organs to five Israeli children, who are alive and well today," Khatib said through a translator. "I know organ Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Khaki/Anthracite/Pale Grey/Black and tissue donations save lives. It makes me feel humbled and proud to help bring awareness of this, and to carry the torch today."
"Congratulations to both of you for doing this," Lehman said. "When people do things like this to raise awareness for an important cause, I think it's amazing."
Organ donation touched his family in Palestine, too.
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"It's out of the dark ages now, and I think this year will be the year of organ donation," he said. "I have so many people on this tour who ask how they can sign up, and if there's a registry."
Two years later, Ashley is a happy and healthy child again, thanks to an organ donation.
"We've brought the torch across Canada six times, and over one million kids have carried this torch," Marcello said. "What better ambassadors to have than a young Barrie girl and a Palestinian boy."
That's because the five year old Barrie girl's aunt Cheryl Brandon gave her the best gift ever two years ago a new liver that saved the Nike Air More Uptempo Blue
"She did it because she felt it was something she needed to do. But, it was a scary thing for her with a six hour surgery."
George Marcello, CEO of the Torch for Life organization, said Khatib's brother and Ashley are the kinds of faces the cause needs.
"Her aunt Cheryl had her blood tested and did all the screening and got a call that she was a perfect match for Ashley," the Barrie mom continued, holding back tears. "She donated a piece of her liver for Ashley, and she's Ashley's angel now.
years old and was completely healthy before the transplant," said Sherri Logan, Ashley's mom. "One day she woke up and the whites of her eyes were yellow. We took her to the doctor, and 16 days later she was on a list for organ donation for a new liver.
The walk ended at Barrie City Hall, where Mayor Jeff Lehman was waiting to greet Ashley and Khatib.
Even if you've signed a donor card, you might not technically be registered as an organ donor.
Only 21% of Ontarians have signed up as organ donors.
The little girl had the honour of carrying the Torch of Life to Barrie City Hall, Tuesday, to help promote the Step by Step Torch of Life Tour, which advocates for organ and tissue donation.
Joining Ashley in carrying the torch was 20 year old Khaled Khatib, whose 11 year old brother Ahmed was accidentally shot and killed in 2005 by an Israeli soldier.
If you ask little Ashley Logan who her favourite super hero is, she'll tell you, "My aunt Cheryl".
The event coincided nicely with National Organ and Tissue Awareness week (April 22 28).
Ashley and her family are helping in their own way through the Ashley's Angels Fund, raising money for liver transplant research at the Hospital for Sick Children.
"The best gift you can give someone is the gift of life," she said. "I know what it's like to have my child dying in my arms, and we're so grateful and thankful to Cheryl for her organ donation. Part of our mission is raising awareness of organ donation and I think this is a fantastic event."
Marcello said the issues surrounding organ and tissue donation are breaking down, and people are getting interested now.
carrying the torch made Sherri well up with tears and pride.
Khatib will be carrying the torch across Canada this year to help promote the cause.
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