For the first time in Ontario, the rate of registered organ and tissue donors will be broken down by community. Ontario’s overall registration rate is 21 per cent, with some York Region communities at a registration rate as low as 8%.
To help increase registered donors in Oak Ridges-Markham, Dr. Jaczek has joined the Gift of 8 Movement at www.beadonor.ca. Dr. Jaczek is challenging residents and local organizations to create their own online registration drives by sharing their stories and inspiring neighbours, friends and employees 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 through Service Ontario, almost all families honour this donation decision. In the absence of registered consent, only 50 per cent of families consent to organ donation.
“I want to encourage the people of Oak Ridges-Markham to become registered organ donors. It is important that we get the message out that a signed donor card does not mean you are registered. Talk to your family about your wishes and encourage others to discuss the option of becoming a donor.”
- Dr. Helena Jaczek MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham
“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.”
- Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
·April is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness month.
·In April, there were 1,499 Ontarians on the organ donation wait list, 29 of these patients were under the age of 18.
·Last year, 222 deceased organ donors contributed to 985 lives being saved through organ transplantation and over 1,700 tissue donors enhanced lives of thousands of patients.
·Among Ontario communities with an eligible population of more than 20,000, there are only five with a registration rate over 40 per cent (Thunder Bay, Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins and Owen Sound). Communities with a registration rate less than 10 per cent were all in the Greater Toronto Area (Scarborough, Unionville, the old city of York, Woodbridge and Vaughan).
·You can register consent through your smartphone at BeADonor.ca and ServiceOntario’s mobile friendly organ donor registry site.
Find your local community’s registration rates atwww.beadonor.ca/
Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario and is 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.
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