This is life on Sunset Farm, Prospect, just outside of Ottawa.
These are the Murrays, Rob and Brenda and their children, Robyn and Josh.
It’s a humble place where Brenda’s ancestors have lived and farmed for generations. Now Robyn and Josh have built homes on the farm where they are raising their children.
They live modest middle-class lives. Rob spent his career as a HVAC Technician and the family was looking forward to his retirement in the next few years.
Brenda worked as a Nurse’s Aide, then stayed home to raise her kids. She took an interest in the farm and became a Highland Cattle Breeder of repute. She also worked as a cook in the local restaurant until Rob got sick last March.
Anyone who has tried this hobby of farming knows that it is not one that makes you rich but with Brenda’s talent in choosing breeding stock, her progeny are known worldwide.
Rob and Brenda were always good neighbours. Life on a farm is ever challenging and together they face their trials with gusto. They were always there to help their neighbours whether it was fixing fences, transporting cattle, or banging down tin on a neighbour’s barn roof. It was a good life.
They were satisfied with their kids and their cattle and their modest, wee farm.
Early last year, Rob developed Liver Disease and it was evident he needed a transplant to survive. He spent the year off work, months in the hospital, and eventually was accepted onto the Transplant List at the Toronto General Hospital, almost 400 km from the farm.
As the liver disease worsened, the search for a donor had begun. After many tests and several trips, Rob had the good news that his daughter Robyn was an appropriate match to be a live donor. This also meant that Robyn is postponing her hopes for another baby.
The surgery has been postponed twice. Finally, the surgery is scheduled for Monday.
You may not recognize Rob in this photo. You can see it in Rob’s face that he needs this surgery to save his life.
This is a modest family who will not ask for help, but with the expenses they have faced over the past year, along with the upcoming expenses of staying nearby Rob in hospital and commuting to Toronto, they really need your support.
Robyn has used her experience on social media to ask folk to agree to organ donation. It is a modest request. If you are unable to help Rob and Brenda out at this time, consider a donation to The Liver Foundation. Here is another of Robyn’s posts – it tells you a lot about this family. They’d appreciate your help.
Please consider a financial donation to the Murrays, no matter how small, as they face this formidable challenge. As a good friend and former neighbour, I know that they will sincerely appreciate your donation.
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