A life-saving kidney transplant from her mother inspired Candice Coghlan to help patients and their families achieve the best quality health care. In recognition of her dedication and advocacy on behalf of patients, Coghlan, a Can-SOLVE CKD patient partner, was recently named a 2018 Bakken Invitation honouree.
The annual Bakken Invitation program recognizes patients whose lives were extended thanks in part to medical technology and who are now advocates, innovators or volunteers inspiring positive change in their communities. As a Bakken Invitation honouree, Coghlan received leadership training skills at a multi-day retreat in Hawaii. During the event, she connected with other like-minded individuals who were recognized for their achievements as patient advocates. This year, 12 patients from around the world were chosen as Bakken Invitation honourees from over 200 applicants.
“Our time in Hawaii provided us with the ability to learn new skills to further my mission to provide the best quality healthcare and quality of living for others,” said Coghlan. “We learned, He waa he moku, he moku he waa – The canoe is our island, our island is our canoe. There are finite resources on a voyaging canoe, an island, as well as our planet. We must question ourselves how can we work together as a community to best steer our canoe/world in the right direction.”
Following her kidney transplant, Coghlan worked as a Director at a non-profit organization, Bracelet of Hope, focused on building sustainable communities for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. In 2018, she became Provincial Coordinator the Transplant Ambassador Program. This initiative, launched as part of the Can-SOLVE CKD research project Increasing the use of living donor kidney transplantation, was founded by living kidney donors and kidney recipients. The goal is to help all patients living with kidney disease/failure and their family members to be knowledgeable about, and have equal access to, kidney transplantation and living kidney donation.