Ambassadors are either kidney donors or transplant recipients. Ambassadors volunteer for shifts in clinics to connect with patients at all stages of kidney journey prior to transplant—from early onset of kidney disease/kidney failure to dialysis. The earlier the better.
TAP Ambassadors are easily recognizable as donors or recipients (TAP Vest or Sash)
TAP Leads are active participants in Quality Improvement Teams at the hospitals working together to reduce barriers to transplantation.
All patients living with kidney disease/failure and their family members are knowledgeable about, and have equal access to, kidney transplantation and living kidney donation.
To support kidney patients and their families in learning more about kidney transplantation and living kidney donation.
Everyone's situation is different.
Consider Mary, 67 years old with diabetes . . .
Transplantation compared to dialysis:
Living donation compared to deceased donor transplant:
To increase the rate of kidney transplantation and living kidney donation by 20% across Ontario by 2021.
OUR TRANSPLANT STORY
Before our kidney transplant on January 27, 2010, we knew each other as well as most sister-in-laws do –we saw each other once or twice a year at family functions. After kidney failure struck, things changed.
Our story didn’t involve anyone asking for a kidney what some people call THE BIG ASK. For us, as for many, it was more about THE BIG TELL. Let people in your circle know what you are going through. You may be amazed at the support you receive and the people who want to help