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Eight years without a kidney

Leona Godin is 42-years-old, a mother of three, a grandmother of two and missing a kidney.

Her lifelong battle with Type 1 diabetes cost her, her kidneys and now she survives on dialysis three times a week.

She had been waiting for a kidney donor for over eight years now, seemingly putting her life on hold while she waits.

And now her partner, Rick Moodie, has turned to Facebook in a last ditch attempt to find his wife the kidney she so desperately needs.

Godin has a rare blood type and high antibodies which has made finding a donor seemingly impossible, so now she asking anyone and everyone to consider being a living organ donor.

“I have been looking for a kidney and it has been hard for me to find one,” shared Godin. “It's tough due to my rare blood type which is B positive.”

“I have been on the list for eight years you know and my husband decided to start a Facebook page for me called Leona Kidney, just to you know try to find one,” added Godin.

Since the page was created in November 2013 the public offers have been outstanding. The page has over 230 members with dozens of offers to get tested on her behalf.

“Oh it has been amazing, you know, the wonderful people out there that have phoned and ask for donor packages and the inspiring messages that I have received are heart warming,” shared Godin.

Godin gets emotional while sharing what someone giving up on of their healthy kidneys would mean to her.

“It would mean I could start living my life again, you know, my life has been put hold,” said Godin.

“I can't do anything. I cant go anywhere. We haven’t been on holidays, further than Vancouver, this entire time.”

Those eight years she has been unable to travel very far is because of her need for regular dialysis. Leaving the country isn't even possible because of the high cost of arranging dialysis abroad.

Godin needs a stranger, a generous amazing stranger, to give her one of their kidneys.

A healthy donor with blood type B or O is what the doctor ordered, literally (positive and negative don't matter with organ donation).

And although the Facebook page was created to get Godin a kidney, she also tells Castanet she wants to bring more awareness to organ donation.

“I want more people to know about the organ registry. There are a few ways people can register to be organ donors. They can do it online, at the motor vehicle branch, their doctor's office and London Drugs. There's just not enough people registered to be organ donors,” says Godin.

Canada has a Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program that can reimburse you for expenses, including travel, accommodations, parking, meals and, for Canadians, loss of income, related to your assessment and donation of an organ (kidney or liver). To find out more you can call 1-800-567-8112.

If you are interested in donating a kidney, you can call BC Transplant at (604) 877-2240 and ask for a package to donate to Leona Godin.



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