A mandate of the Sarnia Organ Donor’s Awareness group is to provide financial aid to individuals awaiting, and following, transplantation. These finances are primarily available for non-medical expenses and only to Lambton County residents.
We, at SODA, understand that having a loved one in need of transplantation can be a heavy burden on a family: emotionally, physically and financially. We also recognize that there may be expenses incurred, that are not covered by any government organization.
The nature of the illness and the organ and/or tissue required, determines where an individual may be treated. The usual transplant specialists and hospitals, for local residents, are located in London and Toronto. As a result, it is necessary for a patient to commute for medical appointments. It may also become essential for them to temporarily relocate closer to the transplant centre, possibly for several years, while awaiting, and immediately following, transplantation. This becomes especially difficult when families are living apart and are maintaining two households; their permanent residence in Lambton County and the required temporary location.
We may be able to assist with various expenses, including, but not limited to gas for travel, parking fees, rent or utility expenses.
If you, or someone you know, may benefit from our financial assistance, please contact the SODA office at (519) 344-7777. If we are unavailable, please leave your contact information and our Patient Liaison will return your call as soon as possible.