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David Foster Foundation partners with ORGANIZE to introduce social declarations in Canada


Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life is Canada’s first provincial organ donor organization to welcome this online tool
Sept. 23, 2016, Winnipeg, MB – The David Foster Foundation has collaborated with ORGANIZE and Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life to help introduce a new concept of declaring and sharing one’s intent to be an organ donor.
ORGANIZE, a non-profit working to reduce the organ donor waiting list in the US and around the world, has developed technology that captures social declarations regarding a person’s organ donation wishes. Individuals can declare their intent via social media and, should they die in a way that allows for organ donation, healthcare professionals can access the platform to provide families with the opportunity to see the social declarations their loved ones publically posted regarding end-of-life wishes and organ donation decisions.
The company has entered into an agreement with Transplant Manitoba, the first province in Canada to introduce the service to specially trained donor coordinators who work with families facing the death of a loved one and deciding if organ donation is an option. Currently, Manitoba has the lowest rate of registered organ donors in Canada with 1.1% per cent of the population officially registered. Transplant Manitoba hopes to increase that number, and hopefully start a social declaration movement across Canada.  
“We encourage everyone to talk about the decision to be an organ donor with family and friends and to register that decision on signupforlife.ca,” says Dr. Faisal Siddiqui, Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life. “We know families are more likely to say yes to organ donation when they know what their family member wanted to do. Having access to social declarations is one more way we can help families be confident in their decision to donate.”
Announced in conjunction with a flag-raising ceremony at Winnipeg City Hall with the Hon. Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Province of Manitoba; His Worship Mayor Brian Bowman; City of Winnipeg, and representatives of all three organizations, the new tool is designed to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation using the social media landscape.
“Today’s launch of ORGANIZE in Manitoba coincides with our annual fundraising event, the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert, happening on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the MTS Centre,” says Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “We’re encouraging Manitobans and all Canadians to join us in declaring their intent to be an organ donor this weekend by tweeting: I am an #OrganDonor #DFFGala.” This one simple tweet sharing your organ donation decision could one day save the life of up to eight people and impact the lives of so many more. 
The social declaration does not remove the need to register as an organ donor. It is however, a valuable way for healthcare professionals to assist family members view additional information that their loved ones shared publicly via social media.
“Many times what families are looking for is just an indication of what their loved ones wanted,” says Greg Segal, co-founder of ORGANIZE. “Social declarations allow you to share those wishes with your family in your own words.” 
For more information and to register as an organ donor in Manitoba visit, www.signupforlife.ca. Nationally, Canadians may access their provincial registry through http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/.
About Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life

Transplant Manitoba consists of five dynamic teams dedicated to caring for patients before and after transplant, and includes Gift of Life, the program responsible for coordinating and supporting organ donation in the province. Our goal is to become a leader in access to transplantation for Manitobans.

About ORGANIZE
ORGANIZE, a not-for-profit organization based in New York, leverages health data to end the organ donor shortage by applying smarter technologies, utilizing social media, building more creative partnerships, and advocating for data- driven policies. For more information, visit www.ORGANIZE.org.
About the David Foster Foundation
David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.
Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports the non-medical expenses of families while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.
In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.
The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

 

David Foster Foundation selects four Canadian trailblazers as recipients of 2016 Visionary Awards

Sept. 20, 2016, Victoria, BC – Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D.; Bonnie Buhler, LL.D. and John Buhler, O.C., LL.D.; and Hartley T. Richardson, O.C., O.M., LL.D. will be honoured as the recipients of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Awards at the upcoming David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert, to be held on Sept. 24, 2015 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

The David Foster Foundation Humanitarian Visionary Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to local, regional, and national humanitarian efforts.  These awards are presented annually at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert.    “This year’s recipients are four Winnipeg residents who are being recognized for unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of so many.” says Michael Ravenhill Chief Executive Office of the David Foster Foundation.

Past recipients of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Awards have included Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO of WestJet Airlines; Darren Entwistle, CEO of TELUS, Simon Keith, Chair of the Simon Keith Foundation and one of the longest living heart transplant recipients in the world; Jim Treliving, founder of Boston Pizza and CBC Dragons’ Den star; and Sheldon Kennedy, child advocate and former NHL player.

The David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert will feature Grammy Award-winners David Foster, Seal, and Michael Bolton; The Tenors; Carly Rae Jepsen; Jackie Evancho; and comedian Sinbad. Funds raised from the annual event go towards the Foundation’s 30 x 30 campaign, where they aim to raise $30M by their 30th anniversary in 2017 to ensure the Foundation is here to help families for generations to come.

The Foundation’s financial commitment to families’ averages $10,000 in financial support through their transplant journey and has been as high as $100,000. Financial support includes transportation costs, flights, accommodation, household expenses, long distance phone calls, meals, and groceries for the family while they are in another city for their child’s transplant or related care; clothes and basic personal items if the family has to leave their hometown suddenly for treatment or for their child’s transplant; and rent or mortgage assistance on a short-term basis if necessary while the family is in another city or province for surgery or medical treatment.

About the recipients:

Gail Asper was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is President of The Asper Foundation. She received her BA and LLB from the University of Manitoba and practiced corporate and commercial law before joining Canwest Global Communications Corp as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and a Director in 1989.  Ms. Asper has also served on the Boards of and chaired annual, capital and endowment campaigns for numerous not-for-profit groups including the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Combined Jewish Appeal and United Way and is currently Chair of the Board of The National Arts Centre Foundation, a member of the Board of The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and is a Governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ms. Asper has been a passionate supporter of arts and culture in Canada for many decades and for the last 14 years, she has worked to develop the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which was the vision of her father, Israel.  The Museum, which opened in 2014, is dedicated to inspiring visitors to take action to preserve human rights and is the first national museum to be established outside of Ottawa.

In June 2003, Bonnie and John Buhler formed the John & Bonnie Buhler Foundation Inc. and continued to expand their goals in philanthropy. After achieving his lifetime goal of building tractors, Mr. Buhler sold his interest in Buhler Industries Inc. in 2007 and, with more time on their hands, the Buhlers became more involved with the work of the Foundation. Since then they have donated more than $60,000,000 to various charities primarily in the fields of health and education, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Hospitals and Universities. Mr. Buhler holds the prestigious Order of Canada, and both John and Bonnie have honourary doctorates.

Hartley T. Richardson is the seventh family President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies, a private, family-owned corporation, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg. The Firm has interests in agriculture and food processing, energy, real estate and financial services. Outside of the family business, Mr. Richardson has and continues to serve on numerous corporate boards, which currently includes KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund Advisory Board. He is Past-Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Past-Chairman of the Business Council of Manitoba.

In addition, Mr. Richardson is actively involved in a number of charitable organizations and community endeavours. He is Chairman of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, which, in 2009 launched the Imagine a Place campaign with a goal to raise $200 million to fund the redevelopment of Assiniboine Park and Zoo. In just a few short years, APC has raised over $160 million and has seen a rebirth of the Park, including the creation of Journey to Churchill, the premier northern species exhibit in the world.

Miracle Gala & Concert Partners & Sponsors

▪    Presenting Sponsor:  National Bank Financial Wealth Management

▪    In Partnership with: WestJet

▪    Five Star Sponsor: CAMBRIA

▪    Luxury Sponsor: Bedat & Co.

▪    Red Carpet Sponsors: TELUS; ONEX; Boston Pizza; Bonnie & John Buhler; Bob & Kim Silver; The Slaight Family Foundation; The Asper Foundation; and James Richardson & Sons, Limited

▪    Official Hotel Partner: Fairmont Winnipeg

▪    Media Partners: Bell Media (CTV Winnipeg, 103.1 Virgin Radio Winnipeg, 99.9 BOB FM, TSN 1290, Winnipeg Free Press, and the Tartan Group

▪    Executive Producer: Executive Visions

▪    Wine & Spirit Sponsor: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

▪    Gala Sponsors: Tabl’eau; and Premier Printing

▪    Invitations & Graphic Design: PALETTERA

For a detailed list of partners and sponsors, visit http://davidfostermiracleconcert.com/.

To learn more about the David Foster Foundation and the 2016 Miracle Concert & Gala, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports the non-medical expenses of families while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.


 

Concert tickets go on sale on Friday, Sept. 9 for David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert


Gala & Concert to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB

Sept. 6, 2016, Winnipeg, MB – David Foster, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award-winner, has announced a star-studded line up of confirmed performers that includes Grammy Award-winners Seal and Michael Bolton, The Tenors, Jackie Evancho, and Sinbad who will join him on stage at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the MTS Centre with tickets going on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Concert seating tickets start at $49 Cdn, with medium tier seating at $79 – $119 Cdn, and best viewing seating at $149 Cdn (plus fees). Tickets are available online (http://bit.ly/2016MiracleConcert) or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

“The David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert is our annual marquee fundraising event, and we are extremely excited to bring this amazing event to Winnipeg this September,” says Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “By opening the concert seating for the event, the Miracle Gala & Concert will give everyone the opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest entertainment shows that I am certain will wow our entire crowd.”

Every year, the David Foster Foundation hosts an annual fundraising gala to help support the non-medical expenses of Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants. As well as being an important fundraising event for the David Foster Foundation, the annual Gala assists in building awareness of the need for increased organ donor registration across the country.

The decision to bring the Gala to Winnipeg is two-fold. On a province-by-province and national average comparison, Manitoba ranks low, with less than two per cent of the population identified and registered as organ donors. Currently, any Manitoban child who requires any organ transplant other than for a kidney must travel outside of the province to transplant hospitals for treatment, which adds significant non-medical expenses for families. The closest pediatric centres for Manitoba transplant families are SickKids (Toronto) and Stollery (Edmonton).

The David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support. The average cost to support one family is $10,000 annually.

David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert Partners & Sponsors

  • Presenting Sponsor:  National Bank Financial Wealth Management
  • In Partnership with: WestJet
  • Five Star Sponsor: CAMBRIA
  • Luxury Sponsor: Bedat & Co.
  • Red Carpet Sponsors: TELUS; ONEX; Boston Pizza; Bonnie & John Buhler; Bob & Kim Silver; The Slaight Family Foundation; The Asper Foundation; and James Richardson & Sons, Limited
  • Official Hotel Partner: Fairmont Winnipeg
  • Media Partners: Bell Media (CTV Winnipeg, 103.1 Virgin Radio Winnipeg, 99.9 BOB FM, TSN 1290), Winnipeg Free Press, and Tartan Group
  • Executive Producer: Executive Visions
  • Wine & Spirit Sponsor: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
  • Gala Sponsors: Tabl’eau; and Premier Printing
  • Invitations & Graphic Design: PALETTERA

About the David Foster Foundation
David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com


Support from the David Foster Foundation keeps Winnipeg families together during life-saving organ transplants

 

Annual Miracle Gala & Concert helps to support Canadian families – MTS Centre on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Each fall, the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert is held to raise funds to support Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants – including two Winnipeg families in the last three years.

The families of Winnipeg children Piper Coffin and Nazdana Jan received support from the David Foster Foundation before, during, and after their organ transplants. Each family was assisted by the Foundation, which helped to cover their non-medical expenses such as flights, groceries, and accommodation as they lived between Winnipeg, Calgary, and Toronto. (Further details regarding both children’s organ transplants are below.)

The decision to host the Miracle Gala & Concert in Winnipeg is two-fold. The province of Manitoba has the lowest registration rate in Canada with less than two per cent of the population identified and registered as organ donors. Currently, any Manitoban child who requires any organ transplant other than for a kidney must travel outside of the province to transplant hospitals for treatment, which adds significant non-medical expenses for families. The closest pediatric centres for Manitoba transplant families are SickKids (Toronto) and Stollery (Edmonton).

After launching in April, gala table sales have been strong with a limited number of tables available for purchase through www.davidfostermiracleconcert.com. As well as being an important fundraising event for the David Foster Foundation, the annual Miracle Gala & Concert assists in building awareness of the need for increased organ donor registration across the country. Since 1986, the David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support. The average cost to support one family is $10,000 annually.

Piper Coffin, age 13, liver transplant recipient
While Winnipeg’s Piper Coffin heads into summer break after her first year of high school, this right of passage would have been unimaginable less than two years ago as she and her parents desperately waited for a liver transplant at SickKids, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON.

After living with Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder, from age two, Coffin’s liver began to fail when she was 11 years old, and it was clear that she would require a liver transplant as she suffered from subsequent renal failure. Faced with having to set up residence in Toronto and maintain a home in Winnipeg, Coffin’s parents Hank and Cynthia and twin sister Callysta turned to the David Foster Foundation for assistance.

“Without the support of the David Foster Foundation, we would have struggled to maintain our family home in Winnipeg and our temporary home in Toronto as we waited for news of an available liver for Piper,” says Cynthia Coffin. “While Hank and Callysta stayed in Winnipeg and I travelled to Toronto with Piper, there were numerous flights required to help keep our family together and connected. When things appeared to be their most dire the hospital suggested that Hank and Callysta fly last-minute to Toronto to be at Piper’s bedside. Support from the Foundation was critical to our family throughout this time.”

The David Foster Foundation stepped in to support the Coffin family while they waited for news that there would be a liver available for Piper. The Foundation assisted with accommodations, flights, and meals for the family as they lived between Toronto and Winnipeg. After two months of waiting for good news, Piper Coffin received her transplant. Six months after arriving in Toronto, the Coffin family returned home to Winnipeg.

Coffin Family

Nazdana Jan, age four, liver transplant recipient
Nazdana Jan was born in Portage La Prairie in 2012 with an urea cycle disorder, a genetic disease that causes ammonia to build up in the body. Due to Nazdana’s medical condition her parents, Jouhar Ali and Alia Jouhar who had recently immigrated from Pakistan in April of 2012, had to relocate to Winnipeg to be close to the Health Science Centre for medical care. Doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital said if left untreated, the disease would lead to brain damage and death. The family was required to travel to Calgary to seek medical care for Nazdana. In an attempt to stabilize Nazdana’s ammonia levels until she was big enough for a liver transplant doctors performed a series of liver stem cell transplants with the healthy cells keeping her ammonia levels down. This experimental procedure performed by doctors at Alberta Children’s hospital in Calgary and had only been performed approximately 20 times around the world.

In 2013, The David Foster Foundation was able to assist the family after they had returned back to Winnipeg from Calgary with flights, accommodation, transportation and meals to attend the liver transplant assessment at Toronto Sickkids Hospital since there was no transplant program in Manitoba. Nazdana was listed for a liver transplant, and on April 22, 2014 she was given the gift of life when she finally received the liver she so desperately needed. The David Foster Foundation was able to continue supporting the family while they were required to temporarily relocate to Toronto for liver transplant. Throughout Nazdana’s recovery there have been many readmissions to hospital, and follow up medical appointments. Although the province of Manitoba was able to reimburse the family for the patient and one parent’s flight, the family was required to cover the additional costs.

The family is grateful for the support of the David Foster Foundation as well as the collective effort of the doctors, nurses, social workers, and the community that has helped to save Nazdana’s life. Today Nazdana is four years old and back home with her sister and parents in Winnipeg recovering from a follow-up procedure in January almost two years after her liver transplant. The family continues to attend ongoing transplant follow-up and medical appointments to maintain Nazdana’s health.

Dr.Khan Calgary Hospital

About the David Foster Foundation
David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three-time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven-time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.


Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster is coming to Winnipeg on Monday, April 4

Foster to talk about 2016 David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert – Sept. 24 in Winnipeg

What: Every year, David Foster hosts an annual fundraising gala, bringing celebrity friends, and this year it is at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Foster and community partners will be providing an update on the progress of the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert.

Foster will be available for individual interviews following the formal portion of the press conference. Joining Foster will be a family from Winnipeg. Their 3.5-year-old daughter underwent a life-saving liver organ transplant, supported by the Foundation.

Why: Funds from the annual Miracle Gala supports the non-medical expenses of Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants. As well as being an important fundraising event for the David Foster Foundation, the annual Gala assists in building awareness of the need for increased organ donor registration across the country.

Currently, any child who requires any organ transplant other than kidney must travel outside of Manitoba to transplant hospitals for treatment, which adds significant non-medical expenses for families.

When: Monday, April 4, 2016

Where: Buhler Hall, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB.

Available for Interviews:
• David Foster, Chairman, David Foster Foundation
• Michael Ravenhill, CEO, David Foster Foundation
• Jim Treliving, Board of Directors, David Foster Foundation, and $1 million Life Legacy Member
• Gail Stephens, Board of Directors, David Foster Foundation, Winnipeg Gala Chair
• Nazdana Jan (with her family), age 3, liver transplant recipient supported by the David Foster Foundation

Family Information:
Nazdana Jan was born in Portage La Prairie in 2012 with an urea cycle disorder, a genetic disease that causes ammonia to build up in the body. Due to Nazdana’s medical condition her parents, Jouhar Ali and Alia Jouhar who had recently immigrated from Pakistan in April of 2012, had to relocate to Winnipeg to be close to the Health Science Centre for medical care. Doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital said if left untreated, the disease would lead to brain damage and death. The family was required to travel to Calgary to seek medical care for Nazdana. In an attempt to stabilize Nazdana’s ammonia levels until she was big enough for a liver transplant doctors performed a series of liver stem cell transplants with the healthy cells keeping the her ammonia levels down. This experimental procedure performed by doctors at Alberta Children’s hospital in Calgary and had only been performed approximately 20 times around the world.

In 2013, The David Foster Foundation was able to assist the family after they had returned back to Winnipeg from Calgary with flights, accommodation, transportation and meals to attend the liver transplant assessment at Toronto Sickkids Hospital since there was no transplant program in Manitoba. Nazdana was listed for a liver transplant, and on April 22, 2014 she was given the gift of life when she finally received the liver she so desperately needed. The David Foster Foundation was able to continue supporting the family while they were required to temporarily relocate to Toronto for liver transplant. Throughout Nazdana’s recovery there have been many readmissions to hospital, and follow up medical appointments. Although the province of Manitoba was able to reimburse the family for the patient and one parent’s flight, the family was required to cover the additional costs.

The family is so grateful for all the collective effort of the doctors, nurses, social workers, and the community that has helped to save Nazdana’s life. Today Nazdana is 3.5 years old and back home with her sister and parents in Winnipeg recovering from a follow-up procedure in January almost two years after her liver transplant. The family continues to attend ongoing transplant follow-up and medical appointments to maintain Nazdana’s health.

Additional Information:
• The David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support.
• The average cost to support one family is $10,000 annually
• The closest pediatric centres for Manitoba transplant families are SickKids (Toronto) and Stollery (Edmonton)

About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three-time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven-time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, AMJ Campbell Vanlines, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

Media contact:
Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca