Think about the last time you did something great. Maybe it was altruistic, like volunteering your time.
Maybe it was a physical accomplishment, like running a marathon. Maybe it was a small act of kindness
for someone else. Whatever it was, that moment likely left a mark on you – maybe even a scar. Imagine if
you could leave a mark on somebody else – a mark that would last a lifetime. A mark, that would
save someone’s life. You can, by becoming a living organ donor.
To raise awareness & improve access and equity in living organ donation.
To celebrate living donors and their recipients, caregivers & transplant teams.
To give hope to those who are currently waiting for transplant.
Afsana developed PSC at the age of 16. Six years later, she needed a new liver and was unable to find a blood match within her family. She turned to social media to find a donor and her plight reached millions. Afsana found a match and loves her scar, which is in the shape of the Mercedes Benz logo. The scar is a new part of her, a part she loves, and a reminder of everything she has been through.
After his doctor told him that he would need a pre-emptive kidney transplant to survive, Jaime's partner got tested without asking, and they were found to be a match. Jamie was overwhelmed with gratitude and fondly remembers the time spent with his partner bed-side. The process was smooth, and taught him how to be sanguine about his condition. Both Jaime and his partner are healthy.
Chief Saunders' journey began when he was caught off-guard by renal disease. After being tethered to a dialysis machine for a year, he was put on the waitlist for a transplant. Chief Saunders was finally given a second chance at life when his wife was found to be a perfect match. 5 years later, the couple is healthier and happier than ever. The transplant has allowed them to live their lives to the fullest and cherish every moment they have together.
Ioanna's brother urgently needed a transplant after a steep decline in kidney health. Ioanna stepped up to be his kidney donor, without question. Post-op, she was amazed by the immense improvement in her brother's quality of life relative to hers. Ioanna feels this was the most meaningful thing she did after being a mother. She would do it again and likes the scar because it is a daily visual reminder of her love for her brother.
Marissa walks us through her story, how her mother courageously stepped forward as her live kidney donor and gave her a second chance at a more fulfilling life.
Marissa later found out her kidney began to fail again - she helps us to understand that finding a very good organ match is even more crucial to avoid heartbreak down the road. Marissa is a beautiful artist and human being, and although she faces dialysis again, her scar reminds her of her toughness, resilience, and strength.
Living organ donation offers a shorter pathway to better health with less wait time
and better health outcomes for those awaiting a liver or kidney transplant.
In 2021, more than 1 person died every 2 days waiting for a kidney or living transplant.
In Canada there are currently 1,500 people waiting for a kidney and nearly 400 waiting for a liver.
There are not enough organs from deceased donors to fill the need of those waiting for organ transplants.
Living Organ Donors generally return to light to regular activity in six to eight weeks,
with full recovery within 3-6 months.
For patients with liver failure, a timely transplant is lifesaving.
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