The David Foster Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. For the past 30 years, the David Foster Foundation has assisted over 1,000 families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided much-needed dollars in direct family support. In 2006, the Foundation became a national organization, expanding to help families across Canada.
The Foundation works in collaboration with transplant teams across Canada to provide support for children up to and including their 18th birthday year once they are listed for pediatric transplant to post-operative checkup.
Types of support may include:
- transportation costs, accommodation, long distance phone calls and meals and groceries for the family while they are in another city for their child’s transplant or related care;
- clothes and basic personal items if the family has to leave their hometown suddenly for treatment or for their child’s transplant; and
- rent or mortgage assistance on a short-term basis if necessary while the family is in another city or province for surgery or medical treatment.
Our foundation staff works with the transplant team to help provide guidance and assistance as the families go through the processes involved in their child’s transplant and medical care.
We help connect families – many families going through a transplant with their child also find it helpful to talk to another family that has been through a similar experience.
In addition to providing financial support to families, the foundation also strives to increase public awareness about the importance of becoming a registered organ donor.
“Thank you for your time. Thank you for the money. Thank you for the words of encouragement. Thank you for remembering my family’s dignity.”
– Words from a letter received by the foundation from a family