Give 3 in 2023: Meaghan, living kidney donor

December 6, 2022
Living kidney donor on the steps of a playground structure

Meaghan helped save the life of a young neighbour by participating in kidney paired donation

Growing up, Meaghan Kay was a regular babysitter for the family next door. But when her young neighbour Stephanie developed kidney disease, she became so much more.  

Meaghan offered to become a living organ donor to help restore Stephanie to health. Because she wasn’t a biological match, they participated in kidney paired donation. Meaghan donated a kidney to a stranger so that Stephanie could receive one from another willing donor in the program.    

Meaghan and Stephanie first shared their story within months of surgery. We’re now pleased to highlight Meaghan in a portrait series by celebrity photographer George Pimentel. This series inaugurates Give 3 in 2023, our call to people across Canada to make three different kinds of contributions to Canadian Blood Services to support patients.  

From booking a first appointment to donate blood or plasma, to joining the stem cell registry, to taking the time to learn about organ and tissue donation, there are so many ways to make all the difference.  

You could even start by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok. Share stories like Meaghan’s with friends and family, or tag @canadaslifeline in posts about your own #3in2023 journey. Together, we are Canada’s Lifeline.  

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