Thanks From The Heart

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, WestJet and WestJet Cares for Kids charitable partner, the David Foster Foundation, have combined forces to release a video featuring a grateful 16-year-old heart transplant recipient and urging Canadians to complete a donor registration card to become a registered organ donor.

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“WestJet Thanks: From The Heart” follows young heart transplant recipient and dancer, Alyssa, as she thanks her Fredericton, New Brunswick dance community for giving her strength and support throughout her transplant journey. Enter Blake McGrath, renowned Canadian choreographer, dancer and recording artist, who helps Alyssa give her troupe a surprise that makes their hearts flutter with excitement. To read more about Alyssa’s life-saving transplant journey, visit the WestJet blog at

“This Valentine’s Day, WestJet urges you to watch Alyssa’s story and, like me, share your decision to become a donor and complete a donor registration card,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet vice-president, Marketing Communications. “Taking these steps can help more children receive the gift of life so they can get back to doing what they love. Through WestJet Cares for Kids, we are committed to supporting partners like the David Foster Foundation by providing the gift of flight, helping alleviate some of the financial burden that travelling to medical appointments can cause, and ensuring families can be together while their child undergoes a life-saving organ transplant.”
“Joint projects between our organization and WestJet, such as this incredible experience with Alyssa, remind us that our partnership with WestJet Cares for Kids travels far beyond a charitable relationship,” added Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “The David Foster Foundation sees the WestJet team as part of our extended family, and when we work together, the sky is the limit to achieving memorable moments for deserving Canadians from coast to coast.”
Pictured, McGrath with Alyssa.

Photo by CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership