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.
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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.
Many programs and services are available to organ donors and recipients. For more information select your region to see your local Organ Donation page or contact your Kidney Foundation Branch Office.