Be a donor, make a difference

April is BeADonor month and the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is looking to Ontario residents for help.

There are approximately 1,600 people currently waiting for an organ transplant across the province, and every three days, someone will die because they did not get their transplant in time, according to TGLN.

While more than 85 per cent of Ontarians are in favour of organ donation, only about 33 per cent (one-in-three) have actually registered their consent to donate.

Ronnie Gavsie, TGLN president and CEO says there are still too many that wait too long.

“This fuels us to do more, achieve more and miss no opportunity,” he says.

Since 2003, more than 15,000 Ontario residents have received a lifesaving organ transplant. One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue.

During the month of April, residents can do their part by helping to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Simple event ideas can range from information displays in the workplace, to organizing a donor registration drive, to hosting a community event. Residents can also help by registering to become a donor.

The TGLN works to plan, promote coordinate and support organ and tissue donation and transplantation across the province. Its mission is to save and enhance lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

For more information or to register to be an organ donor visit www.giftoflife.on.ca or www.beadonor.ca.

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