HUMBER RIVER REGIONAL HOSPITAL TORONTO TAP AMBASSADORS

ida aspro for transplant ambassador program

Ida Aspro

Humber River Lead

I was born with a genetic kidney disease. I have autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is prevalent in my immediate and extended family. I have seen several members of my family receive kidney transplants, including my father, my uncles and my older sister. My sister also received a liver transplant. I went into kidney failure in January 2012. I started home hemodialysis for 3 years and then in centre dialysis. On June 13, 2018 I received my kidney transplant from an anonymous living donor. I am so grateful to God and my anonymous living donor. I have been given a second chance to be a mom to my son, a wife to my husband, a sister to my sister, a daughter to my mom and a friend to my friends. idaa@transplantambassadors.ca

linda andrade for transplant ambassador program

Linda Andrade

A year into my marriage, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. I was devastated because I had witnessed the effects of the disease it had on my father almost 20 years earlier. I thought I knew what it meant, a lifetime of dialysis. But my father’s story did not become my story. I was determined to live a healthy active lifestyle, continue my career and eventually have two smart and healthy children. 16 years later, my chronic kidney disease ultimately caught up to me. My kidney function was deteriorating. My nephrology team told me that it was time to start preparing for dialysis or consider having a living donor transplant. I started to prepare my family and friends for my kidney journey because it was going to affect them as well. My life was going to change drastically and I needed some help. I was certain that I was going to have to come to terms with life on dialysis. I was terrified. As I started to tell my story, people wanted to help in any way they could. My husband, my family, my friends and others I didn’t really know wanted to get tested. I was shocked that anyone would want to donate a kidney to me. I didn’t feel worthy of such a gift. Seeing that true altruism existed, the fear and sadness I had turned into strength and resiliency. Ultimately, after many tests, my husband became my best potential living donor. On June 14, 2012, we once again had another reason to celebrate an anniversary. He became my perfect kidney match. lindaa@transplantambassadors.ca

pat kay for transplant ambassador program

Pat Kay

Pat is a living kidney donor to her son. Bio coming soon. pkay@transplantambassadors.ca

adele vescio for transplant ambassador program

Adele Vescio

Adele is a kidney transplant recipient. Bio coming soon. adele@transplantambassadors.ca

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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