Welcome to Help Dr. J

First off, we want to extend a huge thank you to you for stopping by. The goal of this campaign, Help Dr. J, is to educate Canadians about the importance of organ donation and encourage a commitment from people to become registered organ donors. While doing that, the team is determined to find an organ donor match for a World-class physician, Dr. Kamal Joshi.

In late 2013, Rajiv & Drew were told that their father & friend, Dr. Kamal Joshi was suffering from Kidney Disease and would require a kidney transplant. The two childhood friends quickly started looking for resources to try and develop ways to find a donor. However, it quickly became obvious that it wasn’t a “traditional” task. They found themselves facing countless questions….. What’s required to be a donor? Where can you publicize that you’re looking for a donor? Who needs to be involved?

After receiving substantial traction in social media, the campaign has received international awareness and the group has heard heartwarming words of encouragement from around the World. However, their efforts are far from over and their ultimate goal of finding a kidney donor for Dr. Joshi has not been met.

As months have passed, the boys’ campaign has morphed from being about solely finding one kidney donor for Dr. Joshi into a larger effort of educating Canadians of the importance of organ donation. Only 25% of Canadians are registered organ donors and there are thousands of Canadians waiting on transplant lists for life saving surgeries. Through the education of the importance of organ donation and non-traditional methods of communication, together, we can help thousands of Canadians.

BE A DONOR. SAVE A LIFE.

Some facts…

4600

CANADIANS CURRENTLY WAITING FOR AN ORGAN TRANSPLANT

80%

OF THOSE 4,600 NEED A KIDNEY

230

PEOPLE DIED WAITING FOR AN ORGAN TRANSPLANT IN 2012

90%

OF KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS ARE SUCCESSFUL AFTER 1 YEAR

About Dr. J

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For those unfamiliar with Dr. Kamal Joshi, his story is an incredible one. As a physician, he has seen thousands of patients ranging in age from 18-100. As a family man, he’s the dad to two incredibly ambitious children, Sonya & Rajiv, and as a husband, he’s been the loyal, long-term partner in crime (& source to countless laughs) to Sunita.

Dr. Joshi is a Mississauga based physician specializing in internal medicine. At Credit Valley Hospital, his role is to deal with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of internal diseases. In late 2013, it was confirmed that Dr. Joshi would require a Kidney transplant. Despite the setback, we are confident that with your help, we will be able to find a Kidney donor. More importantly, we’d like to share his incredible story of determination, resiliency, and leadership.

His unlikely journey began when he was born in 1954 in Uganda, but he spent the most significant amount of time of his childhood in Kenya. As one of five Joshi children, Kamal was always a keen student and avid learner and by the time he turned 18, he had aspirations of being a medical provider and improving the health of others. In a relatively unique and ambitious path, he left Africa in order to attend medical school in Ireland. For five years, Kamal attended the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Joshi’s ultimate goal was to start practice and develop his skills in Canada, and he fulfilled that goal with his residency acceptance to McMaster University in 1977. By his late 20’s, Kamal had gone from the family surroundings of Africa to the bustling culture of urban Ireland to the unfamiliar (& often cold) surroundings of Southwestern Ontario. During his residency, he was fortunate to meet a contingent of other key young physicans that would become lifelong friends, but most importantly, he met & married his better-half, Sunita, in 1980.

READ HIS FULL BIO

The Team

 

Rajiv & Drew

People with the common interests of craft beer, great music and cheap tacos are absolutely going to be good buddies. Both born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Rajiv Joshi & Drew Campbell have been friends since a legendary lunchroom snack trade during Grade 3 in 1992. They’re two ordinary guys who may not be medical professionals, but they’ve developed a significant passion for emphasizing the importance of organ donation.

Suddenly, their consistent debates about “which Toronto dive bar has the greatest pulled pork sandwich” or “whether Mall Rats was the greatest Kevin Smith movie of all time “ have been replaced with the slightly more serious conversations of getting their organ donor awareness message heard across Canada.

While making people increasingly aware of the importance of becoming a registered organ donor, they’re convinced that they can have some fun while making a positive impact on those around them.

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Our Story So Far

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In late 2013, my dad invited Drew and I for a Sunday breakfast…..

As both of us can never really shy away from free food or turn down ol’ Dr. J himself, the three of us met over an epic “big English breakkie”. However, what was thought to be a friendly meet quickly became a call for action. Dad was diagnosed with kidney disease (glomerulonephritis), would have to dial back working to start dialysis, but most importantly: needed a kidney donor transplant asap.

02

Find Dr. Joshi a Kidney

Our full English nosh turned into a thinktank of how Drew and I could help find dad a kidney asap. Inspired by an article similar to this Independant.Co.Uk story, we took to social media and started:

Find Dr. Joshi a Kidney

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Mississauga News

Drew and I were now helping interested parties learn about what it meant to be an organ donor and all the greatness that came with it. With social media being updated/moving ahead, we were fortunate to be featured in a Mississauga News article.

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Organ Donation Awareness Month

April was upon us a few weeks after the article was covered by a variety of local community papers. I share the date because April is actually “Organ Donation Awareness Month” and we were contacted by The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Ontario chapter. Our article in the news had reached their desk as kidney health, awareness, and donation promotion are a huge aspect of the Foundation’s mission. We were floored upon receiving an invitation from them to join NOTDAW or National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week as a feature story!

05

Win a Billboard Contest

Our most recent accomplishment has been a healthy combo of gigantic enthusiasm & surprise and is beyond exciting. I took at chance and entered Toronto Indie88’s “Win a Billboard” Contest. Beating out countless applicants, our “Help Dr. J” donor awareness campaign was selected as one of the 12 finalists.

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PSA on Indie88

Dr. J, Drew, and I have been given a “once in a lifetime” privilege of having our own organ donor awareness PSA run on Indie88 for a month.

READ THE FULL STORY

Facts on being a donor

90%

OF CANADIANS SUPPORT ORGAN & TISSUE DONATION

25%

HAVE MADE PLANS TO DONATE

75

PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT FROM ONE DONOR

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LIVES CAN BE SAVED FROM ONE DONOR

Interested in Becoming an Organ Donor?

Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step which includes finding out more information about the process.

Unfortunately, within Canada, the number of organ donors is significantly smaller than many other countries in the developed World. As a result, the need for organs for transplantation is far greater than the available supply.

Thousands of families across Canada are impacted each year as their loved ones wait for required organ donations. Together, we can do better and work together to help save lives through the ultimate gift.

There are two types of organ donation:

 

Living Donation

Occurs when someone voluntarily donates an organ (like a kidney) or part of an organ (such as the liver or lung) and continues to live a normal life.

Deceased Donation

Takes place when organs become available for transplantation after someone has died. An individual’s donation can directly save 8 lives and improve the lives of up to 75 others.

 

BE A DONOR. SAVE A LIFE.

A very special thanks to…

 

 

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