April 2014 | Vol. 8 - No. 4
This month, we’re marking two important Canadian events: National Volunteer Week from April 6 to 12, and National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week from April 20 to 27. Anyone at the Children’s will tell you that we couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. They help out in clinics, in offices, and even at the patient’s bedside. They number in the hundreds and while it’s a special week to mark their contribution, we salute them every day of the year.

In this issue, you can also read about the importance of organ donation as well as a first-hand account of what it’s like to wait for a transplant. If you’ve thought about signing your organ donor card, but for one reason or another still haven’t registered, then April is the month to do it. Don’t forget to wear a green ribbon from April 20 to 27 to show your support; it’s a good way to get the conversation started and encourage others to turn their thoughts into action too.

Until next time, happy reading!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
Waiting for a new kidney
A teenage girl dreams about the transplant that will change her life [+]
Organ and tissue donation: the gift of life [+]
4 myths about donating tissues and organs [+]
Understanding kidney transplants [+]
Childhood stress: Arming kids with tools to problem-solve for life [+]
Easing a child’s fears and anxieties about medical procedures [+]
If I have a chronic illness or disease, can I still become an organ donor?
A: Yes you can. Many people with chronic illnesses are surprised to learn they are eligible to register as organ and tissue donors. In fact, everyone is a potential donor, regardless of their age or health status. Even someone with a serious illness can sometimes donate their organs or tissues. [+]
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True or False?
Children under the age of 18 can register as organ donors.

True. In the province of Quebec, any person aged 14 and up may register themselves as an organ donor by signing an organ and tissue donation sticker and putting it on the back of their health insurance (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec) card. For children under the age of 14, a parent or legal guardian who wants to register their child as a donor must sign the sticker and put it on the back of the child’s health insurance card. [+]
Pedal for Kids
Pedal for Kids is a week-long fundraising event that invites companies, community groups and individuals to raise funds for The Children’s. The week of the event, each team takes a ride on our Mighty Bike, a custom-made bicycle built for 30, to celebrate their success. [+]
The MCH’s Child Life department wins Fellowship Funding for new project [+]
Plan your wait with a text update! [+]
MCH surgeon Dr. Dan Poenaru wins Canadian medicine’s top humanitarian award for selfless work abroad [+]
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