Healthy Living
and Parents Resource

Parent Representative

Alpha-1 Canada’s Parent Representative provides encouragement and advocacy for parents in the Alpha-1 Canada community. The Parent Representative may:

  • Provide telephone and/or email information to other parents;
  • Provide guidance on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency resources;
  • Liaise with other parents to keep them informed of activities and events in the Alpha-1 community;
  • Facilitate social interaction among families in the Alpha-1 community.

Alpha-1 Canada’s Parent Representative is Ms. Cristin O’Sullivan. Cristin has been a volunteer with Alpha-1 Canada for many years. Cristin’s journey with Alpha-1 includes her son Declan, who she was a partial liver donor for when Declan was only 3 years old. Together Cristin and Declan have been staunch advocates for this rare disease, volunteering time to participate in awareness activities, public speaking at Patient Education Days and participating in the Canadian Transplant Games. Cristin can be reached at

Apha-1 Parrent
Dear Alpha-1 Family,

Declan and I have endured a bumpy road, fear of the unknown, hospital visits, sick leave, auto and air ambulance, transplant, PTSD, depression, a trauma-related disorder, and a lifelong dependency on medicines. Support gets us through the rough turbulence. When friends, family, co-workers and doctors can’t console, reach out to the empathic ears of the Alpha-1 community.

All the best, Cristin

DISCLAIMER: This website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your physician. It is not the intention of this website to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide the Canadian Alpha-1 Community with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorder. Specific medical advice will not be provided and Alpha-1 Canada urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.