Karen Pilon dies

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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A Prince Albert woman has lost her battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Karen Pilon receives kisses from her grandchildren Ashton and Adyson.

Karen Pilon died in an Edmonton hospital on Tuesday after several weeks spent on life support. She was 48.

Pilon had required a double-lung transplant but ultimately failed to find a donor. Lungs are widely viewed as the most difficult organ to find for transplants.

A longtime supporter of organ donation, Pilon made the decision prior to her death to donate her kidneys, liver and pancreatic islets, potentially saving the lives of others further down the road.

For nearly two decades, Pilon worked at the Prince Albert Co-op grocery store. Throughout her life, she was known for her overriding concern for others and prioritizing family and friends. Aside from being a proud mother and grandmother, she was an avid Prince Albert Raiders fan and season ticketholder.

Pilon is survived by her husband Clarence, two children, three stepdaughters and two young grandchildren.

Information on how to donate organs through the Saskatchewan Transplant Program is available at www.isanorgandonor.com.

See also:

Local woman's life depends on double-lung transplant

Organizations: Edmonton hospital, Prince Albert Co-op

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