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Dr Andre R Simon, MD PhD
Director of Transplantation and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

It has been a dream of mine to take a group of our transplant patients, and show the world what can be achieved after a life-saving transplant. In doing so, we will raise the bar of expectation and generate significant awareness of organ donation.

I am delighted to say, that the time has now come. This June, we will take 15 heart or lung transplant patients on an expedition to Cotopaxi in Ecuador.

Cotopaxi, is one of the world's highest active volcanos, at 5,897m, and is a much sought after prize for mountaineers - and we believe will be the highest ever climb by a lung transplant patient, and definitely by a group of transplant patients - the majority of whom have never climbed at all before!

It will be an amazing feat for each of them to do this, to come from the brink of near death, to the top of the world - and to see the excitement and belief in their eyes when I talk about it with them means that we must achieve this.

The expedition will begin with an introductory climb in Glencoe Scotland in March, followed by the expedition itself, departing the UK on the 26th June 2015 - 12th July 2015, to Cotopaxi.

Thank you for your kind and generous support.

Andre Simon
Director of Transplantation and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

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