It only takes a few minutes to register online to be a donor, and the outcome could result in you saving up to eight people when you pass away and leave your organs to those in need.
In Ontario, there are more than 1,500 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. A transplant is their only treatment option, and every three days someone will die because they did not receive an organ or tissue transplant in time.
This year, during BeADonor month, the Trillium Gift of Life Network is focusing on insight from an Ipsos survey that suggests significantly more Ontarians believe they are registered than actually are.
“As many as 1.8 million Ontarians mistakenly believe they are registered organ and tissues donors,” says Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network. “This BeADonor month we are encouraging all Ontarians to check if they are registered at www.BeADonor.ca.”
More than 1,500 people are on the wait list today, he says, and “we can give them hope by ensuring our wishes are registered.”
When you register your consent for organ and tissue donation, you are helping in a number of ways.
One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation, and enhance the lives of up to 75 or more with tissue donation.
Age does not disqualify someone from becoming a donor (the oldest organ donor was over 90 and the oldest tissues donor was over 100). Your current or past medical history does not prevent you from registering to be a donor (even in the case of serious illnesses, sometimes they can still be an organ and/or tissue donor which is evaluated on a case-by-case basis). All major religions support organ and tissues donation or respect an individual’s choice. Lastly, organ and tissue donation does not impact funeral plans.
Trillium Gift of Life Network encourages everyone to check if they are registered, and if not, to register at www.BeADonor.ca.