HEALTH SCIENCES NORTH, SUDBURY TAP AMBASSADORS

william federchuk for transplant ambassador program

William Federchuk

My name is William Federchuk. I am a 65-year-old retired gentleman happily married for 42 years to my wife Debra and together we have one 31-year-old son Scott. After a combined working career in private and government sectors of 47 years I now love retirement. I learned I was a candidate for end stage renal failure at the age of 33. Before that I was aware that there was a 50 % chance of this happening as my father had hereditary end stage renal failure named “Alport Syndrome”. As this is a hereditary disease, my son is currently being monitored for end stage renal failure as well. In December of 1995 I started hemodialysis at Health Sciences North in Sudbury and started the process for a kidney transplant. In May of 1998 I received a kidney transplant in London Ontario. The kidney was received from a cadaver and worked well for 13 1/2 years. In December of 2011 I returned to Health Sciences North for hemodialysis. Before starting the hemodialysis, the process was started again for a second kidney transplant. In September of 2014 I received my second transplant in London Ontario. Again, the kidney was from a cadaver. In 2015, I was approached by my social worker to become a mentor. I agreed to give it a try and I have been actively mentoring monthly since then. Again, my social worker called and inquired if I would be interested in being a participant in the “Quality Improvement” team as a “Transplant Ambassador”. I of course consented and am now involved with this program today. I find these new adventures interesting and I like being involved to share my experiences with people who are just finding out about their end stage renal failure. william.federchuk@transplantambassadors.ca

robert johnston for transplant ambassador program

Robert Johnston

I am a 52 year old male who has suffered with Diabetes for 38 years. I have had over 22 operations, a lower left leg amputation and a kidney transplant in 2015. Before my transplant I was a very tired sick man for the last 30 years, but since my transplant I have more energy than a 20 year old. I also missed dialysis by 3 days and that is why I pay it forward. In 2013, I adopted a boy, lost my leg, found out I needed a kidney transplant. The best medication on the market was to stay positive and let me tell you, life has never been so great. Especially today, watching my son grow up, you must fight for what you want in life and one day you will be rewarded. robert.johnston@transplantambassadors.ca

michel babin for transplant ambassador program

Michel Babin

My name is Michel Babin. I was raised in Chapleau, Ontario but have called Sudbury my home since 2012. I'm 49 years old and I’ve been happily married to my wife Monique since 2013. In October 2002 I was having difficulty sleeping. My family physician referred me to a Nephrologist in Timmims. Dr. Parma immediately recommended that I begin hemodialysis. After one month I was sent to Toronto to undergo various medical tests. I was diagnosed with “GOOD PASTURES SYNDROM". I began plasmapheresis in hopes that my kidneys would regain some function and that the bleeding in my lungs would stop. I returned to Timmins November 14, 2002 and suffered a stroke one day later. I was immediately flown to Health Sciences North in Sudbury where I underwent emergency brain surgery. I slipped into a coma for two weeks and continued to drift in and out of consciousness for the next three months. In January 2003, I was admitted to the Inpatient Brain Injury Program at HSN. I progressed to the Outpatient Program in June 2003. In July 2003, I attended my first Organ Donor Awareness Walk and joined the Irish Heritage Club of Sudbury. The walk was started in 2000 by the O'Reilly family after they lost their son who died waiting for a lung transplant. I received a kidney transplant on New Year's Eve 2004 at University Hospital in London, Ontario. I continue to promote Organ Donor Awareness so that others can have a second chance at life. I'm also involved in TAP which matches potential transplant patients with kidney recipients and donors to provide peer support. Remember to LOG IN BEFORE YOU LOG OUT. Register your consent online at Beadonor.ca and discuss your wishes with your family. michelb@transplantambassadors.ca