Kidney Transplant Summit
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia
There is an urgent need for more kidney transplants in BC. Right now there are over 3,000 British Columbians on dialysis, and 50 per cent of them will die before they get a kidney transplant. 95 per cent of British Columbians say they support organ donation but only 19 per cent have actually registered on BC’s organ donor registry. We must take action now and give hope to kidney patients who need a life-saving transplant.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada has committed to increase kidney transplants by 50 per cent over the next five years. They are hosting a first-ever Kidney Transplant Summit to help change the future of kidney transplantation and organ donor registration in BC.
Kidney patients will share their powerful and compelling stories and speak on why this Summit is critically important to them. Anticipate a passionate and emotional conversation, very strong for television.
Leading expert speakers will lay out the evidence that supports as well as argues against key controversial issues like: Should British Columbians automatically be considered organ donors when they die, or not? Should people be paid to be organ donors? Kidney patients will also reflect/provide context for how these issues affect their lives. A highly qualified Jury will deliberate and try to reach consensus on the questions. We will release the Jury’s findings to the media.