In the 1960s, people with kidney failure had little hope of survival. Dialysis was considered an extraordinary treatment and restricted to very few. Transplantation was still experimental.
It was during this time that a young Montreal architect, Morty Tarder, died from kidney disease. Confronted with their son’s death, the Tarder family vowed to start an organization that would raise money for research into this poorly understood disease. In 1964, The Kidney Disease Foundation of Canada, as it was known then, was created in Montreal.
In 2014, The Kidney Foundation of Canada celebrated 50 years of helping Canadians living with kidney disease. View our infographics illustrating our key achievements.
Today, the Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national health charity committed to kidney health and to improved lives for all people living with kidney disease. Our vision for the future is an enduring legacy of those dedicated volunteers who, 50 years ago, started out with a compelling cause and the resolve to make a difference.
Ontario Branch History
The Kidney Foundation of Canada has a long and rich history in Ontario. We are people working together for a common cause. Motivated by a variety of reasons and from all walks of life, we are volunteers, patients, donors, and employees.
By engaging a variety of partners, the Foundation has been able to implement initiatives which directly address the needs of the kidney community. The Ontario Branch has developed a variety of fundraising initiatives; identified priorities for patient services and organ donor awareness activities and developed effective relationships with government and other organizations.
Today, through a network of chapters, units and community groups, The Kidney Foundation provides kidney patients and their families with education and emotional support.
The Kidney Foundation’s funding is entirely from the general public, including contributions from corporations, foundations, individuals and special events.
The support of volunteers is always welcome. There are a variety of ways you can help.