April 7, 2022
The Difference Organ Donation Has Made in Nate’s Life
“It’s been heartwarming to see all these firsts,” said Nate’s mom, Jennifer. “He’s getting to play all these sports he never thought he’d get to play. He gets to ride around on his dirtbike now.”
Nate from Maymont, SK never would have been able to experience the joys of winning a curling game or revving up his dirt bike if it weren’t for the gift of life he was given through organ donation.
In November of 2020, Nate underwent an incredibly risky and complex procedure. Nate received transplants of his small and large intestine, liver, a large portion of his stomach, duodenum, pancreas, and the top part of his colon. At the age of 12, Nate gained a new lease on life; he was able to view life through a different lens.
Now at 14, Nate hasn’t taken the gift he received for granted. “Nate celebrates all his little wins,” said Jennifer. “Like watching him curl with the school and when he makes a good shot, throwing his arms in the air and celebrating like it was the biggest shot he’s ever made.”
As Nate continues to grow and return to a more regular way of life, his mom wants just one thing now. “All I’ve ever asked for is just for people to talk about it; to talk about organ donation more regularly,” said Jennifer.
With your donor dollars, Nate was able to have a number of successful organ transplants. Support Saskatchewan sick children with your donation today to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.