The David Foster
For David Foster, an award winning composer, singer, songwriter and record producer, the popular saying, “Mother knows best,” truly hits close to home. Twenty-five years ago, David received a call from his mother, asking if he’d drop by the UCLA Medial Center and offer support to a child who was waiting for a liver transplant and originally from David’s own hometown of Victoria, BC.
When David arrived at the hospital and asked if there was anything she wanted (thinking that a trip to Disneyland might be in order), the little girl replied that her only wish was to see her sister – the cost to fly the sibling from British Columbia to California was an added expense the family just couldn’t afford. After fulfilling the girl’s request and seeing the pure joy in the young patient’s eyes, David recognized a gap within Canada’s healthcare system. While provincial plans covered most transplant-related costs, all non-medical (but essential) expenses, such as airline travel, hotel fees and vehicle rentals, were left up to the family to deal with, adding an extra burden to an already stressful situation. By the end of the day, the seeds of what would become the David Foster Foundation had been sown.
The David Foster Foundation work to provide financial support to Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants. Over the past quarter century, our Foundation has helped more than 700 families and has provided millions of dollars in direct support. In addition to easing financial stresses, our Foundation also strives to increase organ donor awareness and registration in Canada and the United States.
If you’d like to learn more about the David Foster Foundation or find out how to sign up to be an organ donor, please visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.