Dawne Marie Switenky

My experience with severe medical issues and family loss over the last few years has brought about an important message...

Humanitarian of the Year Award 2018

 The Dawne Switenky Memorial Foundation presented our Annual Humanitarian of The Year Award to Logan Boulet on Thursday, August 23, 2018. (Logan passed away due to a tragic accident in North East Saskatchewan on April 7th 2018). 


Logan made a very important decision in 2017 to become an organ donor. HIS DECISION not only saved many lives but also inspired people across Canada to become registered organ donors. The approximate amount of new registrations fueled by Logan and the Humbolt hockey tragedy, resulted in nearly 95,000 new Canadian registered organ donors. Logan's inspiration to others is truly a miracle


Logan made a very important decision in 2017 to become an organ donor. HIS DECISION not only saved many lives, but also inspired people across Canada to become registered organ donors. Logan's inspiration to others is truly a miracle, and we are honoured to recognize him.




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Organ and Tissue Donation

About Us

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Learn more about our charitable organization and how it all got started.

Educate Yourself

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Learn more about the problematic state of organ donations in Saskatchewan.

Become An Organ Donor

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Learn how you can become an organ donor and help out those in need.

You are 4 to 6 times more likely to need an organ donation transplant than to be an organ donor.

Little Donors Make A Big Difference

WIGS FOR KIDS VIDEO
Preston and his school raised over $3000 for the fight against cancer. Are you too busy to attend your own funeral? Are you too busy to step up to the plate for someone in need? Are you too busy to save a life? Most people on the organ waiting list have been busy people or people who need our help. Help us lead by example, just like preston. We are looking for angels. Get your angel's legacy card today!

Walk of Respect

Staff at St. Luke's Meridian stop to line halls of ICU to show respect for the second patient that week providing the life-saving gift of organ donation. 

the 2019 logan boulet humanitarian of the year award and the innovation award for organ transplant technology

Our 2019 Recipients

The 2019 Logan Boulet Humanitarian of the year award:


Morris Irvine is an ever-grateful recipient of a double lung transplant, and knows first hand what families go through when a loved one struggles to survive while waiting for a hero to save them. Today Mr. Irvine spends his time advocating for organ donors. He is a key contributor to the SecondChance  Trail Ride, an annual event attracting hundreds of people and raising tens of thousands for GoodHearts Foundation, housing transplant recipients and their families near the hospital as they wait for their own second chance.


Innovation Award for Organ Transplant Technology

  

Dr. Darren Freed is the Winner of our 2019 Innovation Award for his work advancing organ transplants with technology. Dr. Darren Freed is a native Albertan, recently relocated back to Edmonton from Winnipeg. He is a cardiac surgeon clinician-scientist with an interest in heart and lung failure and novel techniques to treat these conditions. His primary clinical interests are in cardiothoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory assistance as well as less invasive cardiac surgery. His primary research interests are in ex vivo organ perfusion, heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and the biological basis of myocardial fibrosis. He obtained his MD from the University of Alberta in 1998 and completed his cardiac surgical training at the University of Manitoba where he also obtained a PhD in Physiology in 2004. In 2007 he completed a Clinical Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He is currently an Associate Professor, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery, with cross appointments in the Departments of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Director of Research for the Alberta Transplant Institute. Dr. Freed is the innovator of systems that preserve the viability of organs for transplant.

  




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