Canada News Wire, Toronto, Ontario; Thursday, April 19, 2012
For the first time in Ontario, organ and tissue donor registration rates by community are being made available online.
The new data shows that Northern Ontario has the highest registration rates, with 47 per cent in North Bay and 45 per cent in Timmins.
To help increase the number of registered donors, Trillium Gift of Life Network is launching the Gift of 8 Movement at www.beadonor.ca. Through the website, individuals, organizations and community groups can now create personal web profiles to share their stories. The stories will help to inspire neighbours, friends and co-workers to register their consent for organ and tissue donation.
One organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives. With evidence of their loved ones’ registered consent, almost all families honour this donation decision. In the absence of registered consent, only 50 per cent of families consent to organ donation.
“Making organ and tissue registration information available by community, coupled with personal and inspiring stories of the Gift of 8 champions, will spur communities to increase their local registration rates and help save more lives. People can visit www.beadonor.ca to register consent or check to make sure you are indeed a registered organ and tissue donor. You can now also join the Gift of 8 Movement by creating your own page on beadonor.ca and encouraging others to register their consent to be donors.”
President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network
“Becoming a registered organ and tissue donor takes less than three minutes and can save up to eight lives. I encourage Ontarians, health care organizations, clubs, families and businesses large and small to set up a page for the Gift of 8 Movement and share it through their social networks to encourage more people to register as organ donors and save more lives.”
Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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