International Living Donation Storytelling Project
Canadian Blood Services has partnered with Dr. Amy Waterman and her team at the Transplant Research and Education Centre (TREC) to provide Canadians the opportunity to participate in The Living Donation Storytelling Project.
The Living Donation Storytelling Project is a one-of-a-kind digital library of video stories, recorded by real people, sharing their living donor kidney transplant experiences.
Everyone’s experience is different, and you may find sharing your story can be an empowering experience and an inspirational resource for others. By telling your story, you will help raise awareness about the importance of living donation, inspire and educate, provide valuable information for those learning about living donation and transplant, and join a large community of storytellers looking to make a difference. This is your story to tell.
For more information or support in telling your story, contact the living donation team at Canadian Blood Services: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn from lived experience
Canadian storytellers’ videos will become part of the international storytelling library and be an essential support for potential living donors here in Canada as part of Canadian Blood Services’ developing educational resource platform. Listen to our first Canadian storytellers. Hear what they have to say about their experience as living kidney donors or recipients.
Canadian Blood Services partnered with Dr. Amy Waterman and her team to provide Canadians the opportunity to participate in The Living Donation Storytelling Project
Dr. Waterman and her team began collecting stories from living kidney donors, living kidney donor transplant recipients, family and friends of recipients, and people in need of a living kidney donor in the summer of 2018, using an innovative storyteller capturing platform.
The digital library technology empowers participants to record their story anywhere, anytime, on any smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Participants receive an email invitation with a link to record a video story. Open-ended prompts guide Storytellers to topics of discussion and ensures the educational value of their narrative. Upon conclusion, the video segments automatically stitch together into one seamless story.
The digital storytelling platform has already collected hundreds of stories from living donors, recipients, allies, including those exploring the idea of donation, and some looking for a living donor. Storytellers come from diverse backgrounds, geographic regions, age, and life experience. By sharing their candid personal stories, they each help to raise awareness about the need for living donors to help improve the outlook for those waiting for transplant.
Canadian Blood Services' role in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance. We do this through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting. We also manage clinical programs that support interprovincial sharing of organs.
This site provides valuable information and data related to clinical programs and services that support interprovincial sharing of organs, professional education resources including the Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation, numerous reports, leading practices and clinical guidelines relevant to deceased donation, living donation, transplantation and tissues.
Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community across the country to facilitate inter-provincial organ sharing and to improve national system performance through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting.
The Living Donation Storytelling Project is a unique digital library of video stories, recorded by real people, sharing their living donor kidney transplant experiences. Canadian Blood Services is collaborating with The Living Donation Storytelling Project to collect and share Canadian stories. Find out how you can participate in this project and share your story.