Family Stories

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

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

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  • Ryker Slaney 2/12 years old – Living Donor Kidney Transplant Recipient At only 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 […]

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  • Jazmin Burgos Velasquez (6 ½ Years old) – Liver Transplant Recipient Jazmin was born in September of 2010. During a newborn screening 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 amino acids properly. The condition gets its […]

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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 the hospital. This was on top of his numerous day visits to clinics, 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 suffered a cardiac arrest […]

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  • It is the David Foster Foundation’s 30th anniversary in 2017 and we want to hear from you!  David Foster Foundation looking for alumni families The David Foster Foundation is seeking stories from families who have received support from the foundation over the past 30 years. What is your Story?  This year marks the 30th anniversary […]

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  • On October 6th, 2008 parents, Troy and Dayna gave birth to a 9 lb, 9 oz. baby boy.  Jayden Strattner-Brown was the picture of health, and a beautiful addition to their family which already included three-year-old daughter Belle. When Jayden was 10 weeks old Dayna and Troy began to notice some symptoms that caused them […]

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  • Piper Coffin 12 years Winnipeg, MB Liver Transplant Aug 9, 2014 Piper Coffin was born with Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder that can affect the liver, heart, and other parts of the body. One of the major features of Alagille syndrome is liver damage caused by abnormalities in the bile ducts.  To treat Piper’s condition, she had a gastrostomy […]

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  • Curtis Kellar was born a healthy, 7 pound 11-ounce baby boy. His parents were overjoyed with their first addition to their family with no idea that their precious little boy was already sick and that an incredible fight lay before him. When Curtis was three months old he stopped breathing in his mother, Amber’s arms. […]

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  • Nazdana Jan 3 yrs. – Liver Transplant Recipient Winnipeg, MB Nazdana Jan born in Portage La Prairie in 2012 with an urea cycle disorder, a genetic disease that causes ammonia to build up in the body. Due to Nazdana’s medical conditions parents Jouhar Ali and Alia Jouhar who had recently immigrated from Pakistan in April […]

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  • Logan Vandermeulen (2 yrs) – Heart Transplant Recipient Prince George, BC Logan was diagnosed at 3 months of age with cardiomyopathy.  He had a pacemaker implanted at 1 day old, and then upgraded to a larger pace maker at 3 ½ months.  Logan was the youngest child in BC to be placed on the Berlin […]

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  • Lily was born in January of 2013 and was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia; however, she was condition was so fragile parents Mark Hague and Hailey Wautier were not sure she would even make it to Edmonton to bee assessed for a liver transplant.  Determined to save their […]

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  • Zoey Haas 3 yrs. – Liver Transplant recipient from Living Donor Odessa, SK Zoey was diagnosed shortly after her birth in 2013 with Biliary Atresia is a rare liver disease one in 18-20,000 babies are born with. This disease affects the bile ducts inside the liver or outside the liver causing a buildup that leads […]

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  • Macy Clark – 5 yrs. Liver Transplant Recipient from Living Donor Penniac, NB Macy Isabelle Clark was born November 16th, 2011 in Fredericton, NB. At age one it was discovered that Macy had a damaged liver and it was determined after genetic testing that this was as a result of a genetic disorder called alpha-1 […]

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  • Élissa Grondin (5 Years) Heart Transplant Recipient St-Denis de Brompton, QC Élissa was born with three heart malformations. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart muscle that usually leads to heart failure. Although she has undergone three different surgeries since she was born she was admitted […]

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  • Felix Dickson (10 yrs.) Liver transplant Recipient from Living Donor Cora Dickson (3 yrs.) Kidney Transplant Recipient from Living Donor Puslinch, ON Chad & Sharlene Dickson welcomed their 3rd child and first son Felix into the world where he was diagnosed shortly after birth with a condition known as Biliary Atresia a rare liver disease […]

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  • Ella-Marie Moores – Liver Transplant Recipient Kingston, ON The Moores family welcomed 3rd child, a beautiful baby girl Ella-Marie into the world on June 8th, 2015. She came home from the hospital June 9th from Kingston General Hospital with a clean bill of health, but at 6 weeks the slight yellow tinge in her eyes […]

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  • Naomi Carlow was born last October with Biliary atresia a relatively rare disease that begins in early infancy and affects about one in every 10,000 to 20,000 infants. First child for Curtis and Meredith Carlow of Lake Cowichan, BC. Naomi underwent a Kasai procedure in early December which if done early is often the preferred […]

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  • Henry was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at birth and received a liver transplant at the beginning of January 2015 at CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal. Henry remains under close watch at the hospital while he begins his slow recovery post liver transplant with his mom by his side, and dad visiting after work and on […]

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  • Alyssa was diagnosed with leukemia at eight months. Unfortunately chemotherapy induced cardiomyopathy, and Alyssa was listed for heart transplant in March 2013.  On May 23, 2013 she was placed in a Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) heart pump; however she had many complications with the heart pump and was at times was medically unstable. […]

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  • On October 24th, 2004, Jack Lalonde come into this world fighting for his life. Doctors suspected something was wrong shortly after his birth, and after numerous tests it was determined that Jack’s liver was not working properly. After several invasive procedures to determine the cause of his failing liver, baby Jack was placed on the […]

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  • So often we think that in a world filled with billions of people, one person’s actions can’t mean that much; Marit McKenzie thought otherwise. Let us start at the beginning.  Marit McKenzie knew a little about organ transplants – she had her best friend because of one, and it was the love for her best […]

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  • I was 26 years old when I was pregnant with my first child.  I had my first ultrasound on a Friday, spent the weekend proudly showing off the fuzzy black and white pictures of my sweet baby. On Monday night I was settled on the couch with my typical pizza, watching tv.  My phone rang […]

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  • Close your eyes.  Breathe.  Everything is quiet.   Then imagine a team of doctors and nurses walks into your 19 month old son’s room at the hospital and says to you, “We are afraid the next virus will be fatal, we feel transplant is his best option”.   Let that sink in.   Less than 3 years later, […]

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  • September 26, 2010 was the day our son Deacon Sunshine-Parker was born with gastroschisis (one or more organs outside of the body). We were told this birth defect would show up at the 20 week ultra-sound. The only thing they weren’t able to tell us through ultra sound is how serious this condition could turn […]

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  • Jamie Lee Russell Cormier was born on September 26, 1988. His sister, Kara Rae, was about to turn two when Jamie was born. Jamie’s father was in the Canadian Armed Forces and we had been transferred to Trenton Ontario from Victoria B.C. a few months before Jamie was born. When Jamie was five weeks old […]

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  • My name is Laura Gaudet.  I was born on March 7, 2001.  My parents were very happy to have a baby girl to be sister to their nearly two year old boy. Not long after leaving the hospital it became obvious that something was wrong with me.  I was sleeping more than I should and […]

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  • With a handful of Cheerios clutched in his tiny fist, Robbie Thompson giggles as he shoves them into his mouth, then spits some out in his hand to offer his dad. It’s a small gesture, but one that fills Robbie’s dad with heartfelt cheer, not to mention a deep sense of relief. Only five weeks […]

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  • In her position with Transplant Services at the Regional Tissue Bank in Halifax, Denice Klavano has seen many donor families going through very difficult situations. She brings to her job energy, enthusiasm, grace and tact, and also something else – the experience of having been in the same situation. The experience of being a donor […]

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  • When Steven Reilander was 11 years old, his parents got the kind of news that no parent ever wants to hear – that their son needed a new liver. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, Steven’s cirrhosis of the liver was discovered during a medical exam, and when medication didn’t help, he was put on a waiting […]

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