Thank you Living Donation Week 2023  

Living Donation Week (LDW) is a public awareness event launched by the Centre for Living Organ Donation in 2020 with support from the transplant community across Canada and beyond. It is held annually, starting the Sunday after Labour Day.

Below are highlights from #LDW2023, September 10-16. For more information check out the LDW partner resource kit.

At a Glance: Celebration. Awareness. Support, Education. Research 

#LDW2023 features:

  • Over 50 landmarks lit up green in Canada & USA.
  • Local partner events in communities from coast to coast.
  • Virtual Celebration Livestream featuring living donation stories, interviews, entertainment, living donor medal selfies and more.
  • Gratitude wall to share messages of thanks to your living donor, recipient and everyone who supported your journey. Post your message early and it may be read out during the Celebration Event on September 11.
  • Hands-on online workshop in person in various locations across Canada and online on how to share your story and begin the search for a living donor for people with end-stage kidney or liver disease and their caregivers and friends.
  • More launches from the Great Actions Leave a Mark Campaign.
  • Continue reading for more details!

Light Up for Living Donation Week

LDW2023 Light Up

#ShareTheLight. As of September 1, 2023, the following landmarks will be lighting up green in honour of living donors, transplant recipients and everyone who makes living organ donation possible. Email us a picture of a lit up landmark or local Living Donation Week meet up or event.

  • Avenir Centre, Moncton
  • BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
  • Big Fiddle, Cape Breton
  • Big Nickel, Sudbury
  • Brampton City Hall Clock Tower
  • Brant Street Pier, Burlington
  • Calgary Tower
  • Canada Life, London
  • Charlottetown City Hall
  • City of Tuscaloosa City Hall, AB, USA
  • CN Tower, Toronto
  • Downtown Place, Moncton
  • Edmonton High Level Bridge
  • Esplanade Riel Bridge, Winnipeg
  • Fountain at Alberta Park, Tuscaloosa AB, USA
  • Halifax City Hall
  • Hamilton Sign
  • ICON Park, Miami, FL, USA
  • JA Taylor Building, London
  • Le Grande Roue, Montreal
  • Lethbridge City Hall
  • London City Hall
  • Maple Ridge City Hall
  • Mississauga Clock Tower
  • Montreal Tower
  • Nanaimo Bastion
  • New Brunswick Legislature Building
  • Niagara Falls* From 10-10:15pm
  • Ottawa Sign
  • Peace Bridge, Buffalo, USA
  • Peterborough City Hall
  • Port Coquitlam City Hall
  • Port of Sydney
  • Quesnel City Hall
  • RBC Place, London
  • Reconciliation Bridge, Calgary
  • Red Deer City Hall
  • Regina City Hall
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Chicago IL, USA
  • Saamis Tepee, Medicine Hall
  • Sails of Light, Vancouver
  • Saline Creek Bridge, Fort McMurray
  • Science World Dome, Vancouver
  • Toronto Sign
  • UHN Bridge
  • Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Victoria Legislature Building
  • Winnipeg Sign
  • Shaw Centre, Ottawa

The Gratitude Wall

The Gratitude Wall 

The Gratitude Wall is a public kudo board. Write a message of thanks to your living donor, transplant recipient, doctor, surgeon, nurse, social worker or whoever helped you along the way on your transplant or donation journey. Messages will be shared with the transplant community, including team members at UHN and beyond. We will also be highlighting your messages during the Living Donor Celebration Event livestream on September 11.

Celebration Events

LDW23 Celebration Week 

Our annual Living Donor Recognition Event was on Monday, September 11th at 12 pm EST. Emceed by Centre for Living Organ Donation Education & Outreach Coordinator, Candice Coghlan, and patient partner and Green Table Talk host, Jennen Johnson, this event will feature living donation stories, messages of gratitude from recipients and families, community partners and transplant leaders, special entertainment courtesy of Ivica Balaban, a kidney transplant recipient and opera singer. Stories from coast to coast - British Columbia, Prairies, Central Canada, Atlantic Canada and Nunavut!


National Living Donation Awareness Campaign:
Great Actions Leave a Mark

Living organ donation reduces deaths on the transplant wait list and gives kidney and liver recipients and their families a new chance at life. Great Actions Leave A Mark tells the inspiring stories behind the scars of living kidney and liver donors and recipients from across Canada. Realize your greatness. Save a life, leave a mark. Great Actions Leave a Mark.

Questions? Email

We are grateful for the generosity of our founding supporters:

Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.

Kearney and Cahill Families

and to all of our donors and partners.

To learn how you can support the Centre for Living Organ Donation, please visit or call 416 340 3935.

Walk/Run/Support Team Transplant at the Yorkville/Constantine Run on September 10, 2023.

LDW23 5K Walk 
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