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It is our pleasure to invite you to Living Donation Week (LDW) 2021– an awareness week featuring virtual events and activities focused on improving access and equity in living organ donation, profiling the work of Team Transplant, and celebrating our incredible living donors and transplant recipients.

Each year, living donor transplants save the lives of hundreds of Canadians awaiting a liver or kidney transplant. Living donation offers a shorter pathway to better health with a considerably shorter wait time than a deceased donor transplant.

We want Canadians to know more about living donation and the exceptional people who make it possible.

LDW invites the living donor and transplant community together to celebrate and spread the word about these life-changing procedures, and everyone who makes them possible.

View last year's program here.

Find more about Living Donation Week and our partners at

Visit this page to register for #LDW2021 events hosted by the Centre for Living Organ Donation from September 12 -18. Click Register to add tickets for all events below.

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Monday, September 13 is our annual Celebration Event featuring messages of gratitude from UHN transplant leadership and beyond, as well as living donation stories and some special entertainment. Be sure to register to receive your celebration kit and living donor medal (if applicable) to get in the spirit of Living Donation Week 2021!

Registration for this event is open.

LDW 2021 for Patients: Share Your Story

For patients, this year is all about sharing your story. The most common question we receive is "how do I ask someone to be my living donor?" And the answer is, it's not about "the ask," it's about the tell - it's about you, and your story.

Share Your Story - an interactive workshop for kidney and liver transplant candidates and advocates - will take place on Wednesday, September 15. This workshop will focus on your story - including considerations for going public, how to share your story privately, and how to expand your network with and without social media. LDW 2021 will provide living donor transplant candidates and donor champions with confidence and practical knowledge on how to get started sharing your story - where, how and if you share it, is up to you.

Registration for this event will open soon.

LDW 2021 for Health Care Practitioners

Professional Education Webinars

Tuesday and Thursday will bring together transplant professionals including social workers​, dialysis nurses​, MCKC coordinators​, diabetes clinicians, and gastrointestinal specialists and general practitioners from across the country for webinars on live donor kidney and live donor liver transplantation. Stay tuned for more details and registration!

Registration for this event will open soon.

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Pitch your Innovation in Living Donation Care, Education & Research: $75K available

The Ajmera Transplant Centre and the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST) have partnered on a Canada-wide call for submissions for #LDW2021, a Dragons' Den-style Pitch Competition to improve living donation care, research and education.

The top 3 entries will receive $25K each. Submissions are open to members of the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST). Non-members such as fellows, trainees and others working or studying in a related field may participate if sponsored by a CST member in good standing. Members of the Ajmera Transplant Team are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2021. An information session for those interested in applying will be held August 5 @12 noon Eastern.

The live Pitch Competition will take place on Friday September 17 at 12 noon. Popular support, as measured by YouTube Likes, will count. So remember to vote for your favourite project!

For more information visit

Thank you for the support of our generous sponsors, the Canadian Society of Transplantation and the Ajmera Transplant Centre.

Registration for applicant information session is now open.

In the meantime, check out last year's submissions HERE.

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Organizer The Centre for Living Organ Donation at UHN

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For those in need of a kidney or liver transplant, living organ donation may offer a shorter pathway to better health - providing faster access to transplant and a quicker recovery. But there are not enough living donors to meet the need.

The Centre for Living Organ Donation was created by UHN Transplant (now the Ajmera Transplant Centre) in 2018 to improve access to living organ donation for people who need a life-saving kidney or liver transplant and those who want to give a transformative gift of life.

We raise awareness, provide support, promote research and offer hope to thousands of people who are waiting for a kidney or liver transplant - and everyone who wants to be part of their future.

We are located at Toronto General Hospital, a member of the University Health Network (UHN), also home to Toronto Western Hospital, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Toronto General Hospital has been at the top of Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals list since 2011, and in 2020, was named one the world's Top 10 Hospitals by Newsweek magazine.

The Ajmera Transplant Centre is the largest organ transplant program in North America. We also partner with SickKids on the largest paediatric living donor transplant program in Canada.

For more information about us and what we do, please visit

The Centre for Living Organ Donation is funded by the UHN Foundation. Thank you to our generous donors for supporting our work.

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