I Donated My Kidney to Help a Stranger. But What About the Person I Couldn't Help?

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In the year since I donated, the pandemic has made it more important than ever for other Canadians to do the same. But it's also made me rethink why people help another – and how I could have helped someone, but didn't
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Information Booth at NHH in Recognition of World Kidney Day.

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Kidney Recipient Bob Mckenzie is an Ambassador.

Mr. McKenzie will have an information booth set up beside the Main Street Bistro of NHH and will be proudly sporting his bright green Transplant Ambassador Program (TAP) vest.
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Ontario Sets New Record Highs for Organ Donation and Transplantation in 2019

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Trillium Gift of Life Network Media Release

In 2019, Ontario set new records for the most organs donated and transplanted in a single year: there were 1,386 organ transplants and 684 deceased and living organ donors, a 13% increase over the previous year.
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Hockey coach grateful to old friend's gift of life.

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My kidney brother.

Stephen Gillis is set to receive his new kidney — from friend Michael Teigen — in February
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My Cousin Gave Me Her Kidney—And Saved My Life.

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Cristina Howorun received a kidney transplant from her cousin.

A Toronto reporter was living with acute kidney failure and running out of options, until she received the ultimate gift.
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Canadians are having to crowdfund to cover medical costs of transplants.

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Canadians are having to crowdfund to cover medical costs of transplants.

People requiring a new liver earned much more than those awaiting kidney transplants, while children did better than adults, the study found
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The doctor who’s delivering kidney patients’ miracle babies.

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Dr. Michelle Hladunewich.

Hladunewich, who founded Sunnybrook’s Pregnancy and Kidney Disease Clinic, has made her name and career by managing some of medicine’s most difficult pregnancies. She has helped thousands of women who were previously effectively infertile because of their illnesses carry babies to term.
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Guelph boy doing well one year after receiving father's kidney.

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Guelph business to hold a fundraiser to give back to Ronald McDonald House charity.

One year after receiving one of his father’s kidneys, four-year-old Benjamin Catton is heading to school, making friends and enjoying spending his childhood outside of a hospital room.
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After 50 years, St. Michael’s Hospital remains at the forefront of kidney care.

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An interview with Dr. Jeff Zaltzman from St. Michael's Hospital.

Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman leads the medical teams at St. Michael’s Hospital who are ushering in a new era of kidney care – and hope for the millions of patients living with kidney disease.
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Tom Mitrovski

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Toronto Kidney Recipient Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

Tom Mitrovski of Toronto is celebrating 40 years after his kidney transplant. Mitrovski was told he’d survive five to 10 years only. Tom Hayes reports.
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Former Sault man helped family when fire struck; now, woman wants to help him with organ donation.

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Richard Migwans awaiting kidney transplant; says ‘life is the biggest gift you can give’.

Richard Migwans once helped when fire struck a local family. Now, a woman who was a child at the time wants to save his.
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Introducing KidneyPro!

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CanSolve CKD presents KidneyPro.

Online learning module, exploring kidney research in Canada.
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Cristina Howorun’s journey of getting a new kidney through a living donor.

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City TV New's Cristina Howorun's journey of getting a new kidney through a living donor.

It’s been several months since CityNews reporter Cristina Howorun received her new kidney, thanks to a living donor. In part one of her series, she explains what happened before her transplant, and why they didn’t remove her non-functioning kidney.
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New Transplant Ambassadors for the Nephrology Program

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New Transplant Ambassadors for the Nephrology Program

The Humber Nephrology Program welcomes two new Transplant Ambassadors; Ida Aspro, on the left, is a transplant kidney recipient and Pat Kay, on the right, is a living kidney donor.
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Father who donated kidney to son turns 102!

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John's father donated a kidney to him when he was 74.

Some people fear that donating a kidney diminishes the donor's life in some way. Sam Allen, who just turned 102, begs to differ.
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Cree rapper Hellnback opens up about kidney disease diagnosis.

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At 19, he was told he had Type 2 diabetes but 'As a teenager you... just kind of brush it off'.

As one of the first Indigenous rappers to get on MuchMusic, Karmen Omeasoo aka Hellnback has blazed a trail in the music industry by rapping about the realities of life on the rez. These days, he is in for the biggest fight of his life battling a chronic kidney disease.
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Ontario sets record for number of organ donors and transplants!

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Trillium Gift of Life records reported.

The Trillium Gift of Life Network says an unprecedented 388 lives in Ontario were saved in the first three months of this year thanks to increased organ donations and transplants.
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Cancer Care Ontario recognizes Hamilton physician with Human Touch Awards

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Nine Human Touch awards were presented across Ontario.

Dr. Seychelle Yohanna from St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton won in the Kidney Care Staff Awards category.
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Introducing Kidney Link.

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Announcing the launch of KidneyLink – connect to kidney research innovation!

We’re excited to announce the launch of KidneyLink– a new online platform that connects you to the latest kidney health research across Canada! This is your chance to partner in innovation and contribute to better kidney health.
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9-year-old at SickKids who needs new kidney gets birthday wish: Raptors NBA Finals Game 1 win

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Tachari looking for a kidney transplant.

Tachari also has another wish.“Someone please find me a kidney,” he quietly said.
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Patient Experience with kidney disease and transplantation in Canada by Kevin Settee.

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Patient Experience with by Kevin Settee

CanSOLVE patient partner, Kevin Settee speaks about living with kidney disease at a young age, doing dialysis for several years and how his brother became his hero by donating his kidney to him.
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Patient Experience with kidney transplantation in Canada by Craig Settee.

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Patient Experience with by Craig Settee

CanSOLVE patient partner, Craig Settee speaks about becoming a kidney donor to his brother, Kevin.
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PRHC manager donates kidney to co-worker

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Peterborough Coworkers come together through kidney transplant.e

Two co-workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre share more than a passion for health care after one donated a kidney to help the other.
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Video: Ontario program highlights patient perspectives on transplantation

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Patient perspectives are at the heart of a new strategy to boost kidney donation.

The Transplant Ambassador Program is a patient-led initiative that connects past kidney donors and recipients with individuals who are facing a transplant or thinking of donating a kidney. By offering peer mentorship and support, the program is aimed at addressing one of the major barriers to living donation identified by patients.
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Charles Cook: Encouraging patients to “keep bangin” through treatment.

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Transplant Ambassador Charles Cook bring smiles and hope to patients waiting for kidney transplant.

Every Monday, Charles Cook brings smiles and hope to patients in Grand River Hospital’s renal program. As a former patient with kidney disease, he knows the difference that support can make.
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Peter Wechselmann: spreading positivity at Guelph Renal Clinic.

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Transplant Ambassador Peter, brings positivity to patients in Grand River Hospital, Guelph satelite centre renal program.

Peter Wechselmann isn’t a volunteer to provide advice, but rather to help Guelph patients with kidney disease understand they’re not alone.
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‘After my transplant, I had time’: a patient's kidney transplant journey

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‘After my transplant, I had time’: a patient's kidney transplant journey

John is going to be one of the first ambassadors in the Transplant Ambassador Program at St. Joseph’s and hopes to talk to patients like him who may be considering transplant as an option.
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March 14 is World Kidney Day: Meet the volunteers who make a difference

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March 14 is World Kidney Day: Meet the volunteers who make a difference

Mixed in with patients at Sunnybrook’s Kidney Care Centre are volunteers wearing green vests. The vests signify transplant ambassadors who have either received a kidney transplant or donated a kidney. These volunteers connect with patients at all stages of the kidney journey prior to transplant – from early onset of kidney disease to dialysis.
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Patient partner Candice Coghlan recognized for outstanding advocacy

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Patient partner Candice Coghlan recognized for outstanding advocacy

A life-saving kidney transplant from her mother inspired Candice Coghlan to help patients and their families achieve the best quality health care. In recognition of her dedication and advocacy on behalf of patients, Coghlan, a Can-SOLVE CKD patient partner, was recently named a 2018 Bakken Invitation honouree.
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Artificial kidney in development by Kitchener startup

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Artificial kidney in development by Kitchener startup

Qidni Labs, a startup company based in downtown Kitchener, is building an artificial kidney and portable dialysis machine to help improve the lives and survival rates of kidney failure patients.
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Susan McKenzie: supporting and appreciating gifts in health care

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Susan McKenzie: supporting and appreciating gifts in health care

Susan McKenzie knows how donations of all kinds can make a difference in health care. And because of that, she wants to give hope. Susan has lived the experience of receiving a donor kidney, and supported her daughter through a similar process.
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CBC Radio Now or Never: Let's Talk About Organ Donation

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Let's Talk About Organ Donation: Full Episode

CBC Radio Now or Never: At this moment, 4,600 Canadians are living in limbo, as they wait for a life-saving organ transplant. Most Canadians – 90 per cent – say they support the idea of organ donation; yet, less than 25 per cent have registered to do it. And every year, hundreds of people die, while waiting for an organ. On this Now or Never, we take you into the lives of people who are directly impacted by the fact that Canada has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the world.
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Patient partner Susan McKenzie honoured for work to improve kidney health

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Patient partner Susan McKenzie honoured for work to improve kidney health

The Can-SOLVE CKD Network is very pleased to congratulate patient partner Susan McKenzie on receiving a Human Touch Award from CCO Health! This well-deserved honour recognizes Sue’s ongoing commitment to helping those with kidney disease obtain the best possible care and outcomes.
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TAP & Beadonor Month Launch at Grand River Hospital

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All about kidney transplantation and living kidney donation.

Hear amazing stories from Darryl Law, DaveFM on air personality, Mary Milton QI Team Lead, Dr. Gerry Rosenstein, head nephrologist at Grand River Hospital, Candice Coghlan, transplant recipient and TAP provincial co-lead, Dr. Hosek, medical director of critical care, hospital donation physician and Jessica Bailey, transplant recipient.
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Transplant ambassadors celebrate the gift of life

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KITCHENER — Jessica Bailey's green ribbon earrings were a gift from her husband James. He baked the polymer-clay earrings for his wife, an enthusiastic Be-A-Donor volunteer and organ donation advocate.

"He's a great guy," Bailey, 33, said with a sigh.

How great? Well, when Bailey was in a Toronto hospital beating lymphoma five years ago, James proposed to his Kitchener sweetheart.

There's a lot to love about Jessica.
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Organ donation registration increase due to Humbolt tragedy

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Marian Reich

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Eileen Freedman

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Lawrence Geller

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Chris Chilton

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Gord Bugden

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Cindy Cherry

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: William Federchuk

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Michelle MacKinnon

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Meet Transplant Ambassador: Jason Kroft

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Meet Our Transplant Ambassadors

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