Presented by Dr. Heather Lannon from St. Michaels and Candice Coghlan.
Heather Lannon is an organ donation advocate and author of Home is Where the Heart is: The Connection Between Home and the Heart Transplant Journey. Heather cared for her husband, Jamie, as he was living with heart failure and waiting for a heart transplant.
Candice Coghlan is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Centre for Living Organ Donation at UHN’s Ajmera Transplant Centre. Candice has been working and volunteering to support patients and families with chronic illness for over 14 years. She has worked for the Kidney Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, and Transplant Ambassador Program, which introduced kidney donors and kidney transplant recipients to renal patients seeking guidance about different pathways to transplantation. Candice has worked with UCLA and Explore Transplant to educate patients about options surrounding transplant. Since 2008 Candice has advocated passionately for the best quality healthcare for patients and their families, and continues to do so in her volunteer work. After receiving hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, Candice received a life-saving kidney transplant from her mother in 2009. In February 2021, Candice and her husband, Mike, were overjoyed to welcome their first child, a healthy baby girl. Transplant has brought wonderful opportunities to Candice’s life and she continues to share her story to support others and give hope.