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Organ Donor Awareness

Kin History: Organ Donor Awareness

The Kin Organ Donor Awareness Campaign (Kin-ODAC) was adopted in 2001 as Kin’s first National Public Awareness Project. Andrew Hatfield, a St. John's East Kin Kid, was born with a complex congenital heart disease. Andrew died waiting for a heart transplant; however, his dream of Kin helping other transplant hopefuls became Kin-ODAC. Kin-ODAC is a natural extension of our partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada because most people with cystic fibrosis eventually need a lung transplant to live.

Organ and Tissue Donation Facts

  • Organ donation from one person can save the lives of up to eight people.
  • A single tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 75 people.
  • 4,500 individuals are waiting for transplants
  • In 2012, 357 people died while waiting for a transplant

Organ donation can mean the difference between life and death for many people. For others, such as people with renal (kidney) disease, it represents a total transformation in their quality of life because they will no longer need four-hour dialysis treatments three days a week.

Talk to your family!

Too few Canadians talk about their decision to donate their organs and/or tissues with their families. Even if you have documented your wishes - by filling out your province’s organ donor card or registering through a provincial registry - it is vital that your family knows about your decision. In most provinces, hospital staff will still talk with the next-of-kin of potential donors about what their loved one requested. Donor families say they are comforted by the feeling that their loved one's death was not in vain.

Organ Donation Registries

It is important to register to be a donor.

There are different ways to register and decide what you want to donate depending on your province or territory.

Yukon Transplant
867-667-3673

British Columbia Transplant Society
604-877-2240 or
800-663-6189

Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories
Edmonton
866-407-1970
Calgary
403-944-8700

Saskatchewan Health
Saskatoon
306-655-5054
Regina
306-766-6477  

Manitoba Transplant
204-787-1897

Organ Donation Ontario
800-263-2833 or
416-351-7328

Quebec Transplant
877-463-6366

Atlantic Canada Multi-Organ Transplant Program
902-496-7008 or
 800-563-8880

Newfoundland and Labrador

709-777-6600
877-640-1110