David Foster Foundation hopes to combat national need for organ donor awareness & registration; an estimated 14 per cent of Canadians are registered as donors, while 4,500 patients await an organ.

May 15, 2015, Toronto, ON – The David Foster Foundation is responding to the national need to raise the profile of organ donor awareness and registration in Canada by launching Operation: Registration. Starting in Toronto, the military-style launch aims to help inspire Canadians to draft themselves for service through registering to become an organ donor.

The David Foster Foundation partnered with TELUS to help recruit Canadians to help them create a public service announcement video (PSA) (30 – 90 seconds in length) to be unveiled at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert in Toronto on Sept. 26, 2015.

The winning PSA will be used in partnership with the David Foster Foundation and provincial organ donor registries (such as Trillium Gift of Life in Ontario) to help inspire the 85 per cent of Canadians who have indicated they are in support of organ donor, but have not registered; an estimated 14 per cent of Canadians are actually registered.

To learn more about Operation: Registration, visit http://davidfosterfoundation.com/operation-registration/.

What: Street teams hit Downtown Toronto financial district in military-style, complete with armored vehicle, to launch Operation: Registration and inspire Canadians to, “draft themselves.

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Bay & Wellington (South west side)

Available for interviews:

  • Anne Dipchand, Head of Heart Transplant Program at The Hospital for Sick Children and Board of Director, David Foster Foundation
  • Jeffrey Latimer, Board of Director, David Foster Foundation
  • Jack LaLonde, 10 year old, two-time liver transplant recipient, joined by mom Nicole Lalonde

For more information on how to become a registered organ donor in Ontario, visit www.giftoflife.ca.

To find out how to register in other provinces, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

About Jack Lalonde

Age: 10

Jack was born in 2004 and was diagnosed shortly after birth with a failing liver. He endured several painful surgeries and his first liver transplant before he was one year old. Unfortunately the life-saving operation was only temporary relief, and on the night before Jack’s eighth birthday, his parents were told that he would need a second transplant to survive.  Jack was hospitalized 13 times trying to control the steady decline of his liver to buy him enough time to find a suitable donor. On Nov. 24, 2013, Jack received his second liver transplant.

The David Foster Foundation was there to assist the family with travel, accommodations, gas, and meals throughout Jack’s hospitalizations, transplant, and follow up medical appointments after his transplant.

About the David Foster Foundation
Proud Canadian and award-winning musician, David Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Schnitzer, AMJ Campbell Vanlines, Hope Air and Deerfields Clinic families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.