Play for Someone You Love
Eva Markvoort spent her life with Cystic Fibrosis, and her mission was finding a cure. With honesty and candour, Eva described her journey and struggles with the disease on her blog, which inspired readers around the world. The award-winning documentary, 65_RedRoses, has touched millions by sharing Eva’s story as she prepared for and underwent a double-lung transplant.
During her time at the hospital, Eva longed for the outdoors, fresh air, and the company of friends. Eva’s vibrant energy and loving spirit inspired friends, including Duncan Gillespie, Andrew Dalik and Graham Dalik, to organize the inaugural Lawn Summer Nights event - which Eva was able to take part in.
Soon after the season ended, Eva's body rejected her recent lung transplant, and she had to return to the hospital. After hanging on for months, in the hopes of receiving a new donor, Eva passed away on March 27, 2010 at age 25.
Eva was a truly magical person, and her legacy is only the beginning. Inspired by her life, her struggle and her story, we're carrying on from where Eva left off; endeavouring to accomplish what she cared for the most - enjoying life, and finding a cure for CF.
Lawn Summer Nights is a community of like-minded young professionals who support those living with Cystic Fibrosis, while making the most of the moments that life provides. We strive to continually excite and engage our peers through distinctive fundraising, awareness and education initiatives.
Lawn Summer Nights centers around a social summertime lawn bowling event, but its reach is much broader. The teams who take part in the 4-week event compete on the lawns, as well as through the donations that they raise off of them. Creativity has led past participants to organize bake sales, car washes, and bar nights - selling freezies on a hot summer day, or 2$ bear hugs on a cool evening. The power of the event comes from the passion of our community – all things that continue to grow year upon year.
We invite you to join us in helping those who live with Cystic Fibrosis through participating in, sponsoring, or donating to a Lawn Summer Nights event near you. If you happen to live in a city that we haven’t gotten to yet and are passionate about organizing a Lawn Summer Nights event, Contact us - we would love to hear from you and help bring it to life.
• Mark Heystee (Chair)
• Duncan Gillespie (Past Chair)
• Rachael Balchin (Vice Chair) • Chris Gray (Vice Chair)
• Ryan Fantham (Treasurer) • Andrew Page (Director)
• Geri Markvoort (Director) • Alice Awweh (CFC Liaison)