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Kelowna, B.C. & Calgary, Alta. – The Kidney Foundation of Canada is proud to partner with RE/MAX of Western Canada, the Western Hockey League and the Cherry family  to present the second season of “RE/MAX Presents: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation”. The series of events across the west will promote the importance of organ donation and generate support for the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

 From January through March 2019, all 17 WHL Clubs in Canadian markets will host their very own themed games, complete with special promotions for fans in attendance. A total of 1,000 limited second edition Don Cherry bobbleheads will be distributed to fans at the games.

During the 2017-18 WHL Regular Season, participating WHL Clubs came together with RE/MAX to raise over $265,500, representing the largest public awareness and fundraising campaign for organ donation in the history of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

“On behalf of all RE/MAX associates in Western Canada, we're super stoked to be partnering with Don Cherry again this year for this fantastic night of hockey fun and fundraising for the terrific cause, The Kidney Foundation of Canada,” says Elaine Langhout of RE/MAX of Western Canada. “My family was affected by kidney disease so it's a cause close to my heart.  We encourage fans to come out and support the night when it comes to their town!”

“Thanks to RE/MAX, the WHL and all its fans, the number of transplants last year increased by 13 per cent,” says Don Cherry. “Let’s keep this momentum going by signing your donor card and talking to your family. It only makes sense.”

“The WHL and our 17 Western Canadian-based Clubs are very excited to be working with RE/MAX, the WHL’s longest-standing corporate partner, to once again this season promote donations and raise additional funds for the Kidney Foundation of Canada,” comments WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Thanks to the direct involvement of hockey icon Don Cherry and his family and our RE/MAX partnership, we are confident our fans across Western Canada will once again show their strong support for this very important cause.”

During the 2019 WHL Regular Season, WHL Clubs will sport their own unique and specially-designed Don Cherry-themed uniforms on a designated game night. This year, players will sport uniforms emblazoned with fun nicknames as opposed to traditional surnames across their shoulders. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the limited-edition jerseys, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local chapters of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In addition to game-worn uniforms, fans will have the chance to bid on one Don Cherry-autographed jersey in each participating WHL market.

The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry family. Don’s son, Tim, received a kidney transplant from his sister Cindy. More than 4,500 Canadians are awaiting organ donation today, with 77 per cent needing a kidney. The Cherry family, RE/MAX and the WHL have come together to create this awareness campaign in support of the Kidney Foundation with a booth at each game to field questions and hand out donation information.

Saturday, January 19 – Edmonton Oil Kings
Friday, January 25 – Red Deer Rebels
Friday, February 1 – Kamloops Blazers, Moose Jaw Warriors
Saturday, February 2 – Prince Albert Raiders
Friday, February 15 – Regina Pats, Vancouver Giants
Saturday, February 16 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Friday, February 22 – Lethbridge Hurricanes, Swift Current Broncos
Friday, March 1 – Kootenay ICE
Saturday, March 2 – Victoria Royals
Sunday, March 3 – Calgary Hitmen
Friday, March 8 – Prince George Cougars
Saturday, March 9 – Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Saskatoon Blades

To receive more information on this promotion or to sign up to be a donor visit for more details.

About RE/MAX of Western Canada
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. RE/MAX is Canada’s leading real estate organization with more than 21,000 Sales Associates and over 922 independently-owned and operated offices nationwide. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a subsidiary of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

About The Kidney Foundation
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is a national health charity. Created in 1964, the Foundation has helped millions of Canadians living with kidney disease and has raised over $123 million for kidney research. Funding research is the Foundation’s key priority. The primary beneficiaries are people at risk of or affected by kidney disease.


For more information, please contact:

Taylor Rocca
Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League


McCall Capozzi
Coordinator, Communications

RE/MAX of Western Canada


Karen Thomas, MA (Media Studies)

Director, Community Relations

Kidney Foundation of Canada (Southern Alberta & Saskatchewan)



Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to partner with RE/MAX to present WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX – a series of events across WHL markets to promote the importance of organ donation and to generate further support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

During the months of October and March, WHL Clubs in 17 Canadian markets will play host to their very own WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX theme night, complete with a variety of special promotions for fans in attendance. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a special-edition Don Cherry bobblehead and while other fans will receive a limited-edition Don Cherry trading card, courtesy of Upper Deck.

“Thanks to our longstanding WHL sponsor RE/MAX, we are proud to partner with Don Cherry and his family in promoting organ donation and support for local Kidney Foundations,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Our WHL markets in Western Canada provide an ideal venue to promote important causes such as this and we look forward to working with our friends at RE/MAX to raise further awareness of the importance of organ donation.”

On the ice, WHL Clubs will sport their own unique and specially-designed Don Cherry-themed uniforms. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the limited-edition jerseys, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local chapters of The Kidney Foundation. In addition to game-worn uniforms, fans will have the chance to bid on one Don Cherry-autographed jersey in each participating WHL market.

“Creating awareness surrounding the importance of organ donation in Canada is both close to my heart and paramount to helping people across this beautiful country of ours,” said Cindy Cherry, daughter of Don Cherry and Fund Development & Marketing Associate for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. “It makes you wonder why everyone hasn’t registered to be an organ donor like I have. I’m grateful to both the Western Hockey League and RE/MAX for coming together on this important initiative in support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.”

The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry family as Don’s son, Tim, received a kidneytransplant from his sister Cindy. With close to 4,500 Canadians awaiting organ donation today – 76 per cent whom require a kidney – the Cherry family, RE/MAX and the WHL have come together to create the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX awareness campaign in support of The Kidney Foundation.

“RE/MAX of Western Canada is excited to partner with the Cherry Family and the WHL to help promote the importance of organ donation,” said Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. “These themed games will be fun for fans, and will help generate support for The Kidney Foundation of Canada.”During the month of October, WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX will be hosted in the following WHL markets: Brandon, Calgary, Kootenay, Lethbridge, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Vancouver.

During the month of March, WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX will be hosted in the following WHL markets: Edmonton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Red Deer, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Victoria and Medicine Hat.

To receive more information on this promotion or to sign up to be a donor visit for more details.

For further information, please contact:
Taylor Rocca
Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League

Joyce Van Duerzen
Executive Director, Southern Alberta Branch
The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Flavia RoblesExecutive Director, Northern Alberta and The Territories Branch
The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Wade Paterson
Social Media/Communications Coordinator
RE/MAX of Western Canada

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Urgent Call to Action to All Canadians Affected by Kidney Disease or Organ Donation

If you believe organ transplantation rates need to rise in Canada, please call or email your MP now, before June 13, 2016, and urge them to vote in favor of Bill C-223

June 8, 2016 - Earlier this year, MP of Edmonton Manning, Alberta Ziad Aboultaif tabled a Private Members Bill, C-223, An Act to establish the Canadian Organ Donor Registry and to coordinate and promote organ donation throughout Canada. The purpose of this Bill is threefold:

  1. To establish the Canadian Organ Donor Registry, a compilation of information on organ donors and recipients and a system that links to compilations held by third parties.
  2. To develop a national strategy to promote organ donation in Canada and facilitate the exchange of information on organ donation between provinces. Canada is the only developed country without national organ donation legislation, such as the 1984 U.S. National Organ Transplant Act.
  3. To mandate an annual report.

An important measure of how well Canada is performing at organ transplants is the number of kidney transplants per one million people. Canada’s rate is 23 per million, while the United States is 34 per million, or 50 per cent higher.

“Canada is in the lower third of developed countries, certainly below 50 per cent, of donation activity per population,” says Dr. Phillip Halloran, professor of medicine at the University of Alberta and editor emeritus of American Journal of Transplantation and chair of the Swiss-based Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation, an independent medical research charity that awards operating grants for research projects in organ transplantation.

“We’re not serving Canadians well by the current (kidney) donation rate,” he said. “Donations in Canada are not performing at the standard that our colleagues in the United States are performing and there isn’t really any excuse except organization and accountability.”

To date, Bill C-223 has received little public or media attention and there is a strong possibility it may not proceed to the next key step of going to Committee for further discussion. We are calling on all kidney patients, kidney donors, and their loved ones, to make your voices heard in support of more discussion around Bill C-223 when it goes for the rest of second reading June 13, 2015, and then a subsequent vote on whether to decide whether to take this Bill to Committee for further discussion June 15, 2016.


As Canadians most affected by barriers and gaps in our current organ donation system, we can reach out to our MPs to let them know this Bill, and the broader issue of organ donation in Canada, is critically important to us and deserves proper study and investigation before it is rejected on June 15th.

On behalf of all Canadians who will never receive the organ transplant they need, we can also let our MPs know there is a huge unmet need in Canada related to organ donation. Other countries, including the USA, Spain, Australia and Great Britain have seen significant increases in organ transplant rates by enacting similar legislation – Canada can too. Too many Canadians are dying needlessly and Canadians deserve the best organ donation system possible.

To quickly find out how to contact your Member of Parliament simply enter your postal code here:

For more information contact:
Joyce Van Deurzen, Executive Director
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Southern Alberta Branch & Saskatchewan Branch
403-255-6108 ext. 26

For more information about Bill C-223 See:

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Organ And Tissue Donation Campaign Offers Hope To Saskatchewan Families

The Offer Hope campaign was launched at Saskatoon’s St. Paul’s Hospital to help individuals, families and their communities learn about the importance of talking to their loved ones about organ and tissue donation. Families who have talked about their decision to donate are more likely to honour the wishes of their loved ones should organ and tissue donation be possible after death.

“This campaign is a reminder of the lifesaving and life-enhancing benefits of organ and tissue donation,”Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can improve the lives of more than 75 people. Everyone is a potential donor, and supporting donation is something we should all consider.”

Click here to read the full press release Saskatoon Health Region.

A-Moose-ing Race featured in Moose Jaw Times

The A-Moose-ing Race is a citywide event in which teams of two people participate in challenges (checkpoints) located throughout the City of Moose Jaw. Teams have 5 hours to complete 10 checkpoints which will combine traditional race elements of endurance, speed and athletics, with puzzle solving, quick thinking and testing of their comfort zones. To complete this 5 hour race, each 2-person team will be given a clue sheet that will include hints to the whereabouts of 15-20 different checkpoints throughout the city of Moose Jaw. They will run, walk and use public transit to make their way around the city. You can call family and friends for help, check out the Internet, or talk to strangers to help you solve the clues. The first team to complete 10 challenges and cross the finish line WINS!  

You can read the full write up in the Moose Jaw Times. Or visit the race website

Proceeds and donations go to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch to further its work in kidney disease and organ donation awareness.

Kidney Foundation Wins Inaugural Charity Contest

The Kidney Foundation has been awarded a fantastic prize of marketing and communications services by one of Saskatchewan’s finest firms, Martin Charlton Communications.  We can’t think of a better gift to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th anniversary.  The Kidney Foundation received the highest number of votes in a month-long online campaign to win Martin Charlton’s package of communications, public relations and event management services.  This would not have happened without the support of our Kidney community.  When we asked for your help, you responded and enlisted your friends and family to vote for us too.  

Martin Charlton will celebrate their anniversary along with ours this year by using their 30 years of experience to help launch the Foundation’s call to action to increase the number of organ transplants by 50% over the next 5 years.

“I want to thank all of our supporters who showed their dedication by stepping up to vote for us in this contest.  The public needs to hear the message about kidney disease and organ donation as often and as loudly as possible.  We want to thank Martin Charlton for this generous donation of their time and talents.  We are excited to start working with them,” says Iris Lord, Manager, Fund Development for the Foundation’s Saskatchewan Branch.



The Kidney Foundation of Canada calls on Canada to increase the number of organ transplants by 50% in the next 5 years

The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Saskatchewan Branch is hosting a celebration of the Foundation’s 50th anniversary, and 50 years of accomplishments, on Friday April 11 where it will launch an aggressive call to action to push the number of organs transplanted to new levels in Canada.

There are 1285 people in Saskatchewan being treated for kidney failure.  For those who qualify, a kidney transplant is the preferred method of treatment for this illness.  However, with nearly 75% of Canadians on the transplant wait list awaiting a kidney (3428 persons), the wait is long.  For some it will be longer than their bodies can handle and they will succumb to kidney disease.

Over 50 years, The Kidney Foundation of Canada has made great progress in the treatment of kidney disease.  But as long as even one person suffers with this all-consuming critical illness there is still more to be done. At a time when organ donation has only increased 26% in a decade, leaving Canada well behind the donation rates of other developed countries, a 50% increase in the number of organ transplants in 5 years is aggressive. That is the Foundation’s passion and mission.

While there are many steps to be taken to realise such an increase, living kidney donation is certainly one of them. In this regard, three Saskatchewanians are truly making a difference. Non-directed kidney donors, Nettie Littlechief-King, Norman Prentice, and Sandra McIntosh-Broberg, were each moved to donate a kidney to a stranger. They recognized their good health as a gift and wanted to pass it along. As their donation was each the catalyst to kick off chains of donation, jointly they provided for 14 kidney transplants to occur. They now live each day exactly as they did before the procedure but with the rewarding joy that comes from knowing the recipients can now live life to the fullest.

The Saskatchewan Branch has a long history of blazing the trail when it comes to the treatment of kidney disease and transplant success.  On Friday, April 11, 2014, the Foundation celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, the 50th anniversary of the first kidney transplant in Saskatchewan, which was the second one completed in Canada, and the future of organ donation.  

Event details: 50 Years of Progress: Building on a Solid Foundation 

Date and Time: Friday April 11, 2014, 6:00pm

Location: Delta Bessborough Hotel, 601 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Kidney Foundation of Canada and the 50th anniversary of Saskatchewan’s first kidney transplant - everyone is invited to come and mingle with notable attendees, dine on delicious food, listen to inspirational speeches from the kidney community, and celebrate the progress that’s changed the diagnosis of kidney disease from little chance of survival to being able to lead a full and fulfilling life. 

Tickets are still available ($100/person). For more information visit the event page or call 306-664-8588.



Kidney Disease is on the rise. Protect yourself. Spring clean your kidneys.

As Kidney Health Month comes to an end and spring is around the corner, this is the perfect time to spring clean your body’s busiest cleaning machine. Your kidneys. This spring clean doesn’t require a duster or a mop. It is an opportunity to learn about your kidneys and how to take care of them for improved health.

Complex in nature, kidneys are two of the hardest working organs in the body. They are as important to your health as your heart or lungs. Their main task is to clean your blood. As blood passes through them, kidneys remove waste and excess water from your body as well as control mineral and hormone levels. When they are working, you hardly notice them. When they aren’t, you still hardly notice them.  That’s because you can lose 80% of your kidney function without any symptoms. This is dangerously close to being in kidney failure (less than 15% function); the point where you need dialysis or transplant just to survive.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada breaks the silence of this disease. As kidney disease now affects one in 10 Canadians, everyone is encouraged to take care of their kidneys.  

Three steps everyone can take to improve the health of their kidneys are:

  1. Control your blood sugar level and monitor your blood pressure – Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney failure.
  2. Eat healthy, keep your weight in check, and be active – This can reduce risk as you lower salt intake, increase fluid intake and help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with kidney failure.
  3. Get your kidney function checked with a simple test (available from most doctors), especially if you have one or more of the following at risk factors: 
    • Diabetes
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Family History of Kidney Disease
    • 55 years or older
    • Smoker
    • Obese
    • Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African heritage 

The onset of kidney disease is often a progression of kidney function decreasing over time, although it can also decrease to kidney failure at an alarming rate. Getting tested and early detection are vital in the treatment of kidney disease. Early detection allows time to make changes in diet and lifestyle to preserve kidney function and delay the onset of kidney failure.

Remote or rural residence not associated with increased time to kidney transplantation

Click here to read our Branch monthly newsletter to read about new advances in kidney transplantation and blood vessel generation.




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