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 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 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.
Organ Donation Ontario
Nova Scotia Legacy of Life