The Organ Project Mission
Our mission is simple: to save lives by ending the organ transplant wait list.
Eugene Melnyk is well known throughout Canada and the world as a successful businessman and owner of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club.
Having achieved success in the pharmaceutical industry, business, hockey and horse racing; in May 2015, Eugene's life took on new purpose when he faced the battle of his life after receiving the devastating news that he was in dire need of a liver transplant.
Eugene was added to the transplant waitlist, but soon realized he was facing an uphill battle made even more difficult due to his rare blood type.
Eugene’s medical condition quickly deteriorated as he continued to wait for the call that a donor liver was available. Eugene was now literally fighting for his life.
Privately, a massive effort was underway amongst his family and closest friends to determine if any were compatible to be a live organ donor. Many were tested, but none were deemed eligible. Time was quickly running out for Eugene. He had, at best, weeks and perhaps only days to live.
Eugene’s situation could not be more urgent. With no other options left, Eugene’s family and close friends urged him to allow them to make a public plea to find a live donor.
Eugene’s public plea worked and in a matter of days a suitable live donor, who unselfishly chose to remain anonymous, was found. It saved his life and after a long recovery Eugene is re-energized and healthier than he has been in years. More importantly, his life has taken on a new purpose.
From that new purpose was born "The Organ Project" with the ambitious but achievable goal of eliminating organ waitlists including in Canada where 4,600 people wait desperately every day in the hopes of receiving a much needed life-saving organ.
Eugene is thankfully in a position now to help others. To save lives. To eliminate waitlists forever.