Donor cards are no longer in use in Ontario. You must also register at www.BeADonor.ca  

April is BeADonor month in Ontario; a month that is celebrated by people who have received the gift of life in communities all over the province, by people who have either donated or received live organs,  as well as by the families and friends of those who either gave or received the gift of life.  

Today, in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every three days someone will die because they did not get their transplant in time.  Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s organ and tissue donation and transplant agency, is encouraging Ontarians to show their support by registering as organ and tissue donors.

While over 90% of Ontarians support organ donation, only 35% have formally registered their consent for organ and tissue donation, yet many more tend to believe they are already registered because they signed their donor consent on their driver’s license.  The truth is that that piece of paper is not always available to people in the moment and donor cards are no longer in use in Ontario. You must also register at www.BeADonor.ca  or at  your local Service Ontario centre, to ensure that your wishes can become known to your family and the medical personnel who are caring for you. Donor registration will not impact one’s medical care, as registration status is only accessed at end-of-life to share a person’s donation wishes with their family. It also gives families clear evidence of their loved one’s decision to donate and relieves them of the burden of making a donation decision on their loved one’s behalf at a very difficult time.

One donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue. While some people believe that their age or medical condition prevents them from donating, in actuality, neither age nor health precludes someone from becoming an organ or tissue donor.

Since April 1, 2020, registrations for organ and tissue donations in Ontario have decreased more than 50% vs the same time a year ago, largely due to the decline of in-person visits to Service Ontario centres during the pandemic. For BeADonor Month, we are asking for your help in encouraging Ontarians to register online at BeADonor.ca

“This April, I’m asking you to register at www.BeADonor.ca and talk to your family about your decision.” says Versha Prakash, Interim President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network. “Everyone these days are spending more and more time online. In just a few clicks on BeADonor.ca, you can check to see if you are already registered, or you can register your consent to donate and give hope to those in your community who are waiting.” 

You can get answers to your transplant/donor questions here: https://www.beadonor.ca/about-donation/faqs.

To speak with someone from the Transplant Advocate Association email info@transplantadvocateassociation.ca  or call (343) 884-6313.  All inquiries are welcomed.

FACTS ABOUT ORGAN DONATION 

For more community rankings you can visit this link Registration Stats – Be A Donor

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