Stories


 We're grateful to the transplant recipients, donors and donor families who have generously shared their stories about the powerful impact of organ donation. There are approximately 4,400 Canadians waiting for a lifesaving organ or tissue transplant. Not everyone in need of a vital organ receives a transplant. In fact, on average, 250 Canadians die each year waiting. Be sure to register your decision and tell your family. Bring hope to those who wait.

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Real stories about real people

Gurjit's story

Shak is a living kidney donor and Gurjit is a kidney transplant recipient. As Shak was not a direct match for Gurjit, the transplant was facilitated through the Kidney Paired Donation program. Shak and Gurjit are married and since their donation and transplant, they have grown their family and now have a young son named Kasen. 

The Decision

This powerful film was made to honour a young girl who died waiting for a heart transplant and to bring awareness to organ and tissue donation. Twelve-year-old Justina Lo Cane suffered from heart disease. After waiting four months for a heart, she passed away in November of 2017, spurring Argentina to pass “Justina’s Law” in July of 2018. Under this law, all citizens over the age of 18 would have to opt-out of donating their organs and tissue after death.

Logan’s story

Logan Boulet made the decision to be an organ donor just weeks before his passing in the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April 2018. Logan was inspired to register his decision to donate by his coach and mentor, Ric Suggit, who had died in 2017, and was an organ donor. After registering his decision to become an organ donor, Logan took the wise and necessary step of sharing his decision with his parents.

Pat's Story

Pat Loder tells the story of her family's decision to donate their son Jeff's organs after he tragically passed away in 2016. She encourages everyone to save a life and become an organ donor.

Duc's Story

Duc knows what it’s like to wait. For three years, he’s been waiting for a kidney transplant – his second. Although advances are extending the life of transplanted organs, transplant failures remain. Failures are a significant hurdle for people like Duc, who must go back on the wait list and dialysis when their transplant fails. Duc’s wife and some of his relatives have been tested to determine if they are eligible to donate a kidney to him, but unfortunately, no one is a match.

Julianne’s story

Julianne was just a baby when her parents were informed that she needed a heart transplant. Julianne’s family are forever thankful to the other family who decided to make the decision to donate their loved ones’ organs. Their choice not only impacted their daughter, but their family as a whole.

Cyndi’s story

Cyndi decided to be a living kidney donor because it was something she felt she needed to do to impact someone else’s life. She was resolved to take the same spirit that would motivate her to donate to a friend or family member to inspire her to donate to a stranger. Her decision positively impacted the life of someone else.

Jamie's Story

Jamie was diagnosed with Lymphoma as a child. As a result of the amount of chemotherapy he received, his heart was damaged. At the age of fourteen, he was added to the heart transplant list. He was twenty one when he received his transplant. Because of a donor, he is able to dream of the future.

Graeme's Story

Graeme received his first kidney from his mother. Then, when he was in grade 10, he found out that he would not only need another kidney transplant but also a liver transplant. He was saved because someone chose to donate their organs.

Josh's Story

Josh fractured his skull while skateboarding. Following the news of the lack of brain activity, Josh’s family was approached to donate his organs. Josh had expressed his desire to his brother to be an organ donor. Through his donation, Josh inspired youth from his community to sign-up as organ donors.

Randeep's Story

Randeep was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. He was on dialysis for a year, and reached out to his community with hopes of finding a living donor. As a result of his public plea, a donor came forward to donate. This person provided him with a second life.

Mackenzy's Story

Several years ago, when three-year-old Mackenzy passed away due to a severe head injury, her parents donated her organs, and their generous gift saved four lives. The family hopes more Canadians will register their decision to donate and speak to their loved ones about their wishes.