Today in Ontario, more than 1,500 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every three days someone will die because they did not get their transplant in time.
But you can help. When you register your consent for organ and tissue donation you let those waiting know that you would help them if you could. One organ donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation, and enhance the lives of up to 75 through the gift of tissue.
“Every day, Trillium Gift of Life Network works to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation – but this is only possible because a donor and their family has made the choice to consent to giving the gift of life,” says Ronnie Gavsie, Trillium Gift of Life Network President and CEO.
Registration has the power to save lives because when families know that their loved one wanted they almost always consent to donation. When there is no registered decision, families only consent half of the time.
“It is an incredibly challenging time when someone passes,” says Gavsie. “If families have already discussed donation, the burden of decision-making is lifted. The family knows they are fulfilling their loved one’s last wish.”
Since 2008, the registration rate in Ontario has climbed steadily from 16 per cent to 31 per cent today.
If you haven’t already, join the 3.7 million Ontarians who have registered their consent to organ and tissue donation by registering today at www.BeADonor.ca
About Trillium Gift of Life Network
Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating and supporting organ and tissue donation for transplantation across Ontario and improving the system so that more lives can be saved. To learn more, visit http://www.giftoflife.on.ca/
Busting myths about organ donation
MYTH: I am already registered because I signed my donor card.
FACT: Paper donor cards are no longer in use as they often were not available when needed. To formally register visit www.BeADonor.ca
MYTH: I am too old for donation; no one would want my organs or tissues.
FACT: Everyone is a potential donor, regardless of age. The oldest Canadian organ donor was 92, while the oldest tissue donor was over 100.
MYTH: I cannot be a donor because I have a serious medical illness.
FACT: Everyone has the potential to be an organ and/or tissue donor. All potential donors are assessed at time of death for medical suitability.
MYTH: My religion will not allow for organ donation.
FACT: All major religions support organ and tissue donation or respect an individual’s choice.
MYTH: Organ donation will affect my funeral plans.
FACT: Organ and tissue donation does not impact funeral plans. Cremation and an open casket funeral are both possible.
Learn more about these myths and find answers to other questions at http://www.giftoflife.on.ca/en/faq.htm