Kin-Cystic Fibrosis Canada Partnership
Kin Canada is a proud national partner of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Each year Kinsmen and Kinettes host a variety of fundraising and awareness-building activities in support of the battle against cystic fibrosis. Since 1964, Kin members have raised more than $40 million for cystic fibrosis research and patient care.
The committed partnership between Kinsmen, Kinettes and Canadians with cystic fibrosis began in 1963 with a conversation between Dr. Douglas Crozier, then director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children, and Kinsman Bill Skelly.
For more information See Kin Canada’s Website
CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES
Kin Canada is a National Partner for Life with Canadian Blood Services (CBS), the not-for-profit that manages Canada’s blood supply in all provinces and territories outside of Québec. According to CBS, only 4% of Canadians donate blood, yet up to half of us will either need it or know someone who will need it their lifetime.
From heart surgery that can require up to five donors to car accident victims who may need 50, donating blood is truly a gift of life. Consider joining us in our efforts to meet this vital need.
For more information please visit Kin Canada’s Website
Kin History: Organ Donor Awareness
The Kin Organ Donor Awareness Campaign (Kin-ODAC) was adopted in 2001 as Kin’s first National Public Awareness Project. Andrew Hatfield, a St. John’s East Kin Kid, was born with a complex congenital heart disease. Andrew died waiting for a heart transplant; however, his dream of Kin helping other transplant hopefuls became Kin-ODAC. Kin-ODAC is a natural extension of our partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada because most people with cystic fibrosis eventually need a lung transplant to live.
Organ and Tissue Donation Facts
Organ donation from one person can save the lives of up to eight people.
A single tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 75 people.
4,500 individuals are waiting for transplants
In 2012, 357 people died while waiting for a transplant
Organ donation can mean the difference between life and death for many people. For others, such as people with renal (kidney) disease, it represents a total transformation in their quality of life because they will no longer need four-hour dialysis treatments three days a week.
Talk to your family!
Too few Canadians talk about their decision to donate their organs and/or tissues with their families. Even if you have documented your wishes – by filling out your province’s organ donor card or registering through a provincial registry – it is vital that your family knows about your decision. In most provinces, hospital staff will still talk with the next-of-kin of potential donors about what their loved one requested. Donor families say they are comforted by the feeling that their loved one’s death was not in vain.
For more information, Please visit Kin Canada’s Website