Organ Donation

Saving Lives, Changing Lives with Organ Donation

For many people living with kidney disease, a kidney transplant offers the best chance at a healthier life and more normal lifestyle.  Unfortunately the supply of organs available for transplant is far lower than the need.  More than 4,600 Canadians are currently waiting for an organ transplant, and many will face a wait of several years before an organ is available.

Living donations are becoming an increasingly common alternative in Canada, due largely to the limited supply of donated organs from deceased donors.  Family members and close friends of people with kidney failure are frequently making the choice to donate a kidney to help free their loved one from the challenges and restrictions of regular dialysis treatments.

In Branches and Chapters across the country, the Foundation works to help people become aware that kidney transplantation is the best option for most people whose kidneys have failed.  The Foundation actively promotes awareness of, and commitment to, organ donation because:

Canada has one of the lowest organ donation rates among industrialized nations anywhere on the world.

  • Nearly 80 percent of Canadians on the transplant waiting list are waiting for a kidney
  • More than 230 Canadians died in 2012 while waiting for an organ transplant because no suitable donors were found in time
  • Kidney transplants offer freedom from time-intensive dialysis treatments
  • Between 85 and 95 percent of kidney transplants are successful after one year
  • Right now, more than 500 Albertans are waiting for a kidney transplant which will save or improve their lives

Choosing To Give The Gift Of Life

In Canada, it's up to your next-to-kin to make the final decision on whether or not to donate your organs and tissues.  While it's important to sign an organ and tissue card in the presence of a witness, that alone is not enough.  You need to discuss your wishes with your family, so they can give their consent.

If your family members are aware of your decision and agree to respect your wishes, they are much more likely to know how to respond if faced with this difficult decision.  The Kidney Foundation's Let's Talk About it, Family Discussion Guide offers information and advice on discussing organ donation with your family.  The decision to become a donor is a personal one.  There is no right or wrong choice.  You may change your mind at any time, but remember to speak with your family.

To learn more about organ and tissue donation, who can donate, and frequently asked questions, click here.  

Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program (LODERP)

The Living Donor Expense Reimbursement Program (LODERP) is a provincial program run by The Kidney Foundation of Canada and funded by Alberta Health and Wellness. The program aims to reimburse some of the out of pocket expenses that organ donors can incur, and make it possible for people to donate even if they live far away from the recipient. As a result, we hope that the number of potential donors might be increased for some people if the financial barriers are removed.

LODERP is intended for people who are going through the process of donating a kidney or liver through a transplant program at the hospital.

How do I access LODERP?

The easiest way to access LODERP is to call The Kidney Foundation of Canada office in Calgary at 403-255-6108, or toll free at 1-800-268-1177.  We will tell you all about the program and what reimbursement you are eligible for.  We will email you an application form, and tell you about the Kidney Connect Peer Support Program where you can to talk to one of our trained volunteers about their experience as a living organ donor.

What expenses are reimbursed through LODERP?

LODERP reimburses many of the costs associated with becoming a living organ donor, but not all of them.  At this time, the program only reimburses those costs associated with the transplant surgery and the final round of testing that will take place days before the surgery.  No post-transplant costs are reimbursed.  When you call we will explain what items are eligible for reimbursement in your case.  For a general outline of costs that can be reimbursed, please click here.

 

 

Southern Alberta Branch - 6007 1A Street SW, Calgary AB T2H 0G5 - Tel.: (403) 255-6108 / 1-800-268-1177  
Charitable Registration Number: 107567398RR0001