Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • Charlie Gendron (4 years old) – Liver Transplant Recipient Charlie was born on December 13, 2012. By three weeks of age, Charlie showed signs there was something wrong with the function of her liver. After months of ongoing testing and medical care, Charlie displayed severe scars on her liver that would indicate she would require […]

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  • Giovanni Atherton – (22 months) Liver Transplant Recipient, Toronto, ON Giovanni was born with Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency is a rare X-linked genetic disorder characterized by complete or partial lack of the enzyme ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC). OTC is one of six enzymes that play a role in the break down and removal of nitrogen in […]

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  • Ryker Slaney 2/12 years old – Living Donor Kidney Transplant Recipient At five weeks of age, little Ryker’s kidneys failed and he was put on perineal dialysis a short week later. Ryker spent the first year of his life hooked up to the machine 12-hours a day. Ryker was unable to develop like a normal […]

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  • Jazmin Burgos Velasquez (6 ½ Years old) – Liver Transplant Recipient Jazmin was born in September of 2010, and during a newborn screen test it was discovered that Jazmin had Maple syrup urine disease. The disease is an inherited disorder in which the body is unable to process certain protein building blocks (amino acids) properly. […]

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  • Isabelle (Izzy) Campbell (4-years-old) – Living Donor Liver Transplant Recipient Izzy was born on March 10, 2013. Unfortunately, Izzy failed to thrive. She would not eat, and gained weight very slowly. To the heartbreak of her parents, Izzy was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a rare liver disease that causes bile build-up leading to tissue damage […]

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  • In little Owen’s first 2 years of life, he spent 194 nights in hospital on top of the numerous day visits to clinic, assessments, and therapy.  Owen was born with end stage renal failure and underwent 17 surgeries before his kidney transplant. Prior to his kidney transplant, Owen was required to remain on dialysis for […]

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  • Media Advisory April 12, 2017 David Foster Foundation families speak out in support of National Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week Sunday, April 16 to Saturday, April 22, 2017 What: Families of successful pediatric organ transplants are available for interviews to share the story of their journeys and the support from the David Foster Foundation, […]

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  • April 5, 2017, Victoria, BC – The David Foster Foundation has received $250,000 in one-time funding from the BC Ministry of Health to assist with the non-medical expenses of families with children undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants. The funding will be used to support children and families throughout British Columbia that are struggling to stay […]

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