Organ donation saves lives and restores health. A kidney transplant is not a cure, but represents the best possible improvement to health and quality of life for many people living with kidney failure. The only other life-sustaining treatment option is dialysis to artificially clean the blood.
The need for organs for transplantation is far greater than the available supply. In 2010, nearly 4300 Canadians were on a waiting list for a transplant. Of those, nearly 80% were waiting for a kidney. Waiting times vary from a few months to several years, depending on a variety of factors.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is working with representatives from healthcare, industry and government to improve organ donation rates. The Foundation encourages Canadians to make a positive decision regarding organ donation and to discuss their wishes with their family.