As a transplant recipient, living donor or donor family, you may want to talk to others about your experience. There are some local and national groups that are active in promoting public awareness about the need for donation as well as the success of transplantation. You may want to contact one of these groups to see what community activities they are involved in, and to determine if you would like to volunteer with them.
Canadian Transplant Association-
The Canadian Transplant Association (CTA) was created in 1987 to raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate the success of transplants in saving lives. This is a registered non-profit organization comprised of transplant recipients/athletes and other volunteers who are dedicated to promoting organ donation through public advocacy and events, including the National Transplant Games and World Transplant Games. CTA is also a support network, offering programs to help donors and recipients live full lives after transplantation. CTA has a Speaker’s Bureau in each region in Canada. For more information about CTA and volunteer opportunities, visit the Canadian Transplant Association website.
London Transplant Gift of Life Association-
This group is based in London, Ontario. Its members provide support for transplant patients and promotes public awareness about organ donation. Awareness activities include displays and presentations at high schools, church services and many other organizations. For more information, please contact Jane Tucker.
Sarnia Organ Donor Awareness (SODA)-
This is a registered charity that participates in promotional work and offers support to transplant individuals in Lambton County. This group features some donation stories on-line and also organizes several awareness activities. For more information, please visit the SODA website or call 519.344.7777.
This organization promotes awareness about organ and tissue donation through sporting, cultural and entertainment events. They feature a number of donation and recipient stories on-line and organize numerous awareness activities throughout the year. For more information, visit their website.
Trillium Gift of Life Network-
Trillium Gift of Life Network depends on committed volunteers in communities all across Ontario to help increase public awareness and education of organ and tissue donation. Transplant recipients, members of donor families, living donors, individuals waiting for a transplant and those who believe in the importance of organ and tissue donation can help spread the message of giving the gift of life. Whether you have a special connection to organ and tissue donation or transplantation, or are simply interested in promoting awareness of this important issue so that more lives can be saved, visit the Trillium Gift of Life Network volunteer page to find out how you can make a difference.