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Cove Continuity Advisors Inc. Supports Living Donor Employees

Cove Continuity Advisors Inc. is proud to announce they have joined the Living Donor Circle of Excellence. This program is an initiative from the American Society of Transplantation (AST) with support from strategic partner The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and celebrates employers who implement internal policies that provide salary support to their employees who choose to be a living organ donor.

John Gill, MD, Founder of the Living Donor Circle of Excellence said, “Living donors are heroes amongst us, their gift is life-saving for patients in need of a kidney or liver transplant and has a huge positive impact on society. Patients facing life-threatening diseases are able to live normal lives, raise their families, and participate in their communities. By supporting living organ donors, we are also building stronger communities.”

Today in Canada, more than 4,129 patients are waiting for a life-saving kidney or liver transplant. Of the transplants performed in 2021, living donors accounted for only 26% of transplants. Financial burdens are a barrier for many potential living organ donors. Living organ donation typically includes a four- to six-week recovery period and many will use their vacation time or take unpaid absences during this period to donate.

“The Kidney Foundation is very proud to be a strategic partner with the Living Donor Circle of Excellence initiative,” says Pia Schindler, Executive Director, Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch. “Kidney disease is a serious disease with no cure, and dialysis or a kidney transplant are the treatment options. We know that 77% of all those waiting for an organ transplant are waiting for a kidney, so it is imperative we do whatever we can to break down any barriers to living donation.”

The Circle encourages other employers to follow Cove Continuity Advisors Inc. to help others in need of life-saving organ transplants. You can learn more about AST’s Living Donor Circle of Excellence here.

About the American Society of Transplantation
Founded in 1982, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, organ donation, and service to the community. The society is the largest transplant organization in North America (consisting of more than 4,000 professional members) and is recognized as the premier society for transplantation. AST members are sought out as transplant experts and advocates. Other transplant organizations, policy makers, regulatory agencies, payors, academic institutions, and the general public look to the AST for guidance, research, and resources related to transplantation. To learn more, visit: myAST.org.

About The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Excellent kidney health, optional quality of life, and a cure for kidney disease. For 58 years, this vision has guided us to be a collaborative, inventive, and focused leader in the development of programs, services, research opportunities, and awareness campaigns that have had a positive impact on the millions of Canadians living with, at at risk of developing kidney disease. The Foundation’s national research program has grown to become one of the most important sources of funding for scientists conducting kidney research. We are also committed to providing education, information, and support and kidneys and kidney disease. For more information, visit kidney.ca.

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