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Help Delilah Saunders' legal fund

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We are fundraising a legal fund to help Delilah Saunders get the liver transplant she urgently needs to survive. Her family is hiring a lawyer to obtain an urgent injunction to force the organizations in Ontario managing the availability of liver transplants to stop discriminating against her based on her past alcohol use. If 50 people who love Delilah each donate $100, we can make this happen! The situation is urgent as Delilah could die in a matter of days without a liver transplant.

Delilah is a 26-year-old Inuit activist and advocate known for her work to raise awareness on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and for the environmental protection of land and water. She is suffering from an acute liver failure caused by acetaminophen (knows as Tylenol) toxicity; she was taking acetaminophen to ease jaw pain and was brought to the hospital after complaining about abdominal pains. Now she could die in a matter of days if she does not receive a liver transplant that doctors say is necessary to save her life. She is ineligible however due to a discriminatory policy that enforces six months of sobriety for patients with a Substance Use Disorder. This punitive and moralistic policy has no basis in medical science; it disproportionately affects Indigenous people who struggle with intergenerational trauma brought on by residential schools, for which the Government of Canada has apologized.

$5000 will cover the most urgent legal proceedings. Any surplus will go towards further legal action if necessary. Should there be unspent money however, it will go towards covering the travel expenses of Delilah's immediate family who had to fly from Labrador to Ottawa to tend to her.

There are other ways you can help Delilah, including the possibility to volunteer as a live liver donor (fun fact: livers grow back)! For all the information, visit the  support campaign website.
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Like we said yesterday, we are now retiring the fundraising campaign as we believe we have raised enough money to support Delilah and her family with their legal and travel expenses. Thank you all so much for your generosity! You should still be able to reach us through the campaign website where you can expect the occasional update: helpdelilah.com
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As we said last night, we are now retiring the fundraising campaign, as we believe we have raised enough money to cover the family's legal and travel expenses. Thank you so much for your generosity! It is of tremendous help to Delilah and her family. You can still contact us at helpdelilahsaunders@gmail.com and expect the occasional update on Delilah's situation at helpdelilah.com. Thank all so much!
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Delilah has been extremely fortunate. When she was admitted to the hospital at the beginning of last week, the prognosis for her liver's condition gave her minimal chances of survival; especially without a transplant. A week later, her condition had improved significantly and her odds of survival looked much better. She is now contemplating a discharge from the hospital in the coming days, although the road for recovery will be much longer ahead. There are many, however, who have ended up in a similar situation and have been far less fortunate. Many people have reached out to us with such stories throughout the campaign, of loved ones who were denied a transplant due to their Substance Use Disorder. Some of these people made miraculous recoveries. Many didn't.

We want to thank everyone who has supported Delilah and her family by signing the petition, donating to the fundraising campaign, and sharing important campaign news. As indicated, funds will cover the fees for Delilah's lawyer, who has been instrumental in advocating for the best care for Delilah and in ensuring her rights as a patient were respected. They will also cover the family members' travel expenses, many of whom flew in from Labrador. We will retire the fundraising campaign, as we expect the amount raised will be sufficient.

We will contact change.org, who helped promote the petition, for advice on the next step. It is Delilah's wish that the support garnered for the petition goes towards pushing for a policy change that will end discrimination on liver transplants for patients with a Substance Use Disorder. While Delilah is recovering, many are in danger of having a necessary life-saving transplant denied to them. This situation is intolerable, and it must change.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Delilah, her family, and this campaign.
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Thank you all so much for your donations!

By the time we got up this morning, we had already met our initial fundraising objective to help pay for a lawyer to help Delilah! We have done so in a matter of hours, and this is all thanks to your unyielding support.

Delilah's family is arriving in Toronto at the moment, and they are immensely grateful for everyone's support. As we have explained, any extra money after covering legal expenses will help Delilah's parents and siblings with their expenses, as they had to fly in from Labrador to come support Delilah and must cover their own lodgings in Ontario.
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Raised by 217 people in 11 months
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