I met local teen Myles Lynch in April 2014. He was battling Cystic Fybrosis and was on oxygen daily with lung capacity at roughly 30%. Despite all this, Myles smiled and was battling and living everyday. We met at a fundraiser I hosted for the Seaway Roller Derby Girls.
I accepted the invite to emcee the event in honour of my late friend Marc Belanger who lost his battle with CF in his late 30’s, way too soon. Marc too was a guy who could tell a great story, had an infectious laugh and was almost always the life of the party or gathering. Marc never let CF define who he was and unless someone else told you he had it, he never mentioned it.
Myles reminded me a lot of Marc with his genuine smile and obvious zest for life and the battle within him to ensure that CF does not define who Myles Lynch is. In October last year Myles received a double lung transplant at SickKids in Toronto. Now he has roughly 88% lung capacity.
Through his perseverance, determination and battle, Myles has been inspiring me and others for a long time. The reason he inspires comes so naturally since he doesn’t do it because he feels like he needs to inpire others. He is living his life and battling to overcome a crappy hand he got dealt. I want this young man to know his story is not just “feel good” stuff but something that people he likely will never meet will use to get through those tough days.
Myles will be running the Pan Am Games torch for 200m tomorrow…something that would have been much harder to do, almost impossible a year ago. Congrats dude!
Keep up the fight Myles, keep up the battle, keep on living and inspiring. I’m glad to know you.
Here are a couple of ads the SickKids Foundation have out that show Myles before and after his lung transplant.