CDTRP Special Webinar for 2022 Living Donation Week: Susan Q. McKenzie from the Transplant Ambassador Program
The Living Donation Week (#LDW2022) is soon approaching and CDTRP is happy to highlight this important initiative to raise awareness on living donation research. Living Donation Week is a public awareness event launched by the Centre for Living Organ Donation in 2020 with support from the transplant community across Canada and beyond.
To celebrate this event, CDTRP hosted a special webinar on September 13. Access is open to all and free of charge. Registration is mandatory.
Visit our website for more CDTRP events related to #LDW2022!
Susan Q. McKenzie – Transplant Ambassador Program: Patients Seeking Donors Project
On September 13, CDTRP is pleased to have welcomed Susan McKenzie from the Transplant Ambassador Program. Susan introduced the community to the Patients Seeking Donors Project, a new initiative that aims to match living kidney donors with Canadians in need of life-saving transplantation.
- Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
- Time: 3 – 4 pm EDT
About Susan Q. McKenzie
Susan is an experienced communications and fundraising professional who has worked to advance a number of charities across Canada. In 2010, after a year on dialysis, she received a new kidney from her husband’s sister. The fear and isolation of that experience planted the first seeds in her mind that much more needed to be done to help others with kidney disease. Two of Susan’s three daughters have also been diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation (MUC1) which ultimately leads to kidney failure.
When Susan’s middle daughter needed a kidney transplant in 2017, helping her daughter try to navigate the healthcare system in search of a living donor, further underscored the critical role of patients and donors stepping up to help each other through this very difficult time. Not being a person to step away from a challenge, Susan began working with fellow patients, kidney donors, and researchers to establish the Transplant Ambassador Program (TAP), a volunteer driven, peer support program which has been helping kidney patients and donors navigate the transplant journey since 2017.
Today, TAP has over 150 Ambassadors, and has been launched in all 27 renal centres in Ontario. TAP recently launched additional innovative features to support patients and living donors, including a new Ambassador Directory, and a first-in-Canada service, Patients Seeking Donors, which allows patients to post a profile on a safe and secure website to help them in their search for a living donor.