PLEASE DON'T TAKE YOUR ORGANS TO HEAVEN, HEAVEN KNOWS WE NEED THEM HERE ON EARTH



1ST CAMPAIGN
TORONTO/
OTTAWA WALK

AUGUST 17 – 31, 1997




1997  — Step By Step’s identity had not been completely revealed yet. I believed at this time, that I had to continue my work with substance abuse. I had a desire to build a Broadway style production about salvation after substance abuse. This required much funds. One day at a coffee shop, a few friends and I came up with an idea.

Aug 17, 1997 Toronto Canada - On August 17 1997, Sam Vinci and myself decided to put knapsacks on our back and start walking from Toronto to Ottawa. We wanted to raise funds for our Broadway production. We  convinced the Guelph Liver Foundation to use their charitable number. We had $400.00 as a budget to get us through the next 13 days. As we were approaching the halfway mark in Mammora, not one penny was raised since we started. We were tired, hungry and ready to quit and then it happened. A gentleman noticed us and asked us if we wanted to eat, and a place to sleep. While feeding us, he mentioned that reporters wanted to interview us in the morning. He also went on to say that we were expected to visit the holy ground where the Virgin Mary was seen. And I thought this was the end of the road. After my experience on this holy ground, Step By Step’s identity was becoming more clear. My desire to thank my donor family was happening. It was in gratitude to the family and all organ donors for the great gift of life that led me to this point. Sam and I continued the rest of this journey receiving many media interviews, politicians and a RCMP escort to our final steps in Ottawa. At Parliament Hill in front of the Eternal Flame I announced that I would walk across Canada to promote and address the critical shortage of organ donations. I vowed that one day everyone on the waiting list would receive these great gifts. While I said these words Whitney Houston was singing on a tape player, Step By Step


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