Organ and Tissue Donation – Become a Donor Today!
You could save as many as 8 lives by becoming an organ donor!
April is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Month. Awareness campaigns will be taking place this month to help individuals understand the impact of organ and tissue donation and to encourage them to register their decision to become organ donors. Organ donors can help save the lives of many who are in need of organ transplants.
Most Canadians are in favour of organ donation. However, only about twenty percent actually sign up to be an organ donor. In fact, Canada has one of the worst organ-donation rates in the developed world.
As our population is aging, the need for organ and tissue donations continues to increase. For example, there are currently 4,400 Canadians who are waiting for organ transplants (with 1,500 being residents of Ontario). Sadly, about 250 people die every year waiting for an organ transplant. By raising awareness, it is hoped that more individuals will choose to become donors and that this number will one day be zero.
As organ and tissue donors, individuals could save as many as eight lives, improve the quality of life for up to seventy-five people and benefit countless families in need. For example, Humboldt Broncos defenseman Logan Boulet, who died in 2018 after he was involved in a bush crash that took the lives of many of his teammates, was able to save six lives by donating his organs.
Do you know anyone – perhaps a family or community member – who has received an organ transplant? Think about how much organ donation has impacted their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Becoming an organ and tissue donor is not for everyone. Some people choose not to become organ donors for multiple reasons, including uncertainly, religion and other beliefs. However, if becoming an organ and tissue donor is something that you would like to do, please take a few moments to register your decision.
It only takes two minutes to register….
Going to the Be a Donor website (www.beadonor.ca) is the simple, electronic and quick way for you to register your consent for organ and tissue donation.
Just follow these three steps:
- Have your health card number ready. You will need to provide some basic information including your health card number and date of birth.
- Click ‘Register or Check Now’. You will be taken to the ServiceOntario page to register your donation decision or check your registration status with the province of Ontario. Remember, you need to be at least 16 years of age.
- Spread the word to save more lives! Once you have registered your consent to donate, encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
It only takes a moment to register or to verify your registration status with results that will be long-lasting and positive.
Once you have made a decision about whether or not you wish to become an organ donor, ensure that you talk to your loved ones about your decision. Loved ones are always asked before organ donation happens; therefore, they can end up superseding your wishes if they are unaware of what you want.
The key message this National Organ and Tissue Awareness Month is that our country needs organ and tissue donors, but not enough Canadians have made plans to donate. For this reason, all individuals are encouraged to take action by registering their decision to be organ donors and to share their decision with their family and loved ones.
For more information, please visit the following websites: