The Kidney Foundation will honor living kidney donors

MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - At its Founder's Award Gala to be held on November 23, 2011, the Quebec Branch of the Kidney Foundation will celebrate and recognize the generous contribution of living kidney donors to individuals in need of a kidney in Quebec.

In Quebec in 2011, 1 000 patients were waiting for a kidney from a deceased donor.  The demand for kidneys continues to outstrip the supply, and at best only 20% of all individuals on the waiting list can hope to get a transplant in a given year.

There are many generous persons who choose to donate a kidney to a relative or a friend (living kidney donation).  This has many advantages for both recipient and donor, not the least of which is that living donation shortens time on dialysis for kidney failure patients, and results in better long term kidney transplant survival.

There are several different forms of living kidney donation.  If a donor is medically suitable and compatible with their loved one, then direct donation can occur.  If donor and recipient are incompatible, it is possible for the pair to enter the Canadian Living Donor Paired Exchange Program (the LDPE registry).  This program helps donor-recipient pairs to find couples with whom to exchange kidneys so that two compatible transplants can be performed.  There are also some anonymous donors who do not know anyone who needs a kidney, but who are prepared to donate to any person in need on the waiting list.  All forms of living kidney donation are now facilitated by the use of laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery for removal of the donor kidney.

Living kidney donation is a precious gift.  The Kidney Foundation is proud to acknowledge the generous contribution of living kidney donors to individuals in need of a kidney in Quebec.

About The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and stimulating innovative research; providing education and support; promoting access to high quality healthcare; and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation. www.kidney.ca/quebec

SOURCE KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA

For further information:

Louise Deguire 
Communications Director 
The Kidney Foundation of Canada - Quebec Branch 
Tél: (514) 938-4515/1 800 565-4515 ext. 225

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