Help make access to a peaceful death a reality for Canadians facing horrible diagnoses.

Linda Jarrett

Meet Linda.

Seventeen years ago — at the age of 50 — Linda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a savage, unpredictable and disabling disease. Since her initial diagnosis, she’s had to give up so many of the things she loved: her job as an elementary school teacher, swimming in Lake Huron, and the ability to lift her granddaughters up for hugs. Tasks like dressing, showering and eating — the little things other Canadians take for granted — are now a daily struggle.

Linda knows she’ll never get better. In fact, she's certain her condition will get even worse. Since the Supreme Court decision in February, Linda has worried that federal or provincial inaction (or opposition) will create barriers that will keep her from having the peaceful death she wants.

“I do not want to live for years, severely debilitated, gradually losing my faculties while waiting for death to come.”

Linda was at the Supreme Court in Ottawa last year when the Carter case (for the right to die with dignity) was heard. Months later, when the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict was handed down, Linda was ecstatic: “I knew that if my life got worse — which it will — I’ll have a way to control how and when I die.”

But Linda’s short-lived confidence in the process has faltered. Before the election call, the government was paralyzed with inaction. The consequence of Ottawa’s inertia and negligence continues to weigh on Linda. And she’s already carrying way too many burdens.

We’ve made some terrific strides in the past few years, but we are not there yet. Please help us ensure all eligible Canadians have fair, safe and timely access to physician assisted dying. 

A donation of only $5 or $10 will help us:

  • Drive change. We ensure the voices of the 84 per cent of Canadians who support the right to compassionate, physician assisted death are heard loud and clear.
  • Empower Canadians. We inform Canadians about patient rights and the importance of advance care planning so that people can take steps now to reduce the chance of unwanted suffering later.
  • Provide peace of mind. We support individuals facing catastrophic diagnoses with information and emotional support, so they can make decisions that are right for them.

Make a one-time donation, or sign up to our Defender of Dignity monthly giving program. Whatever option you choose, we are grateful for your generosity. 

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