OTTAWA – Barrhaven to L.A. is a long way to travel for six minutes of face time with Ellen Degeneres ... and several million viewers.
Helene Campbell's pre-recorded segment aired Tuesday morning, 42 minutes into the hour-long broadcast.
The 21-year-old organ donation advocate is still recovering from a double lung transplant for which she waited three months. On the show she told Degeneres her lung function is up to 73%. She waited a year to be well enough to travel to make good on a promise to the host -- to dance with her in-person.
She's been in L.A. since Friday and planned to visit friends while in California.
Campbell was discovered through her blog "A lung story" and was featured on the show before her surgery after Degeneres surprised her via Skype.
Fame has followed her initial appearances on the show, even allowing her an opportunity to meet Justin Bieber, his family, see his bedroom, walk his dog and finagle a pair of his Ellen-branded underwear.
Campbell has since started an organ donation foundation called "Give to Live" which will provide money to families of people waiting for a transplant, or recovering from one.