Talk about it! Talk about it! Talk about it!!!



    Trillium Gift of Life Network prepares to celebrate National Organ &
    Tissue Donation Awareness Week in Ontario

    TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is
reminding Ontarians today that next week is National Organ and Tissue Donation
Awareness Week in the province and encouraging them to TALK ABOUT IT! with
their families.
    "We want Ontarians to use April 22-29 to make a decision about organ and
tissue donation and talk to their families about their wishes," said Frank
Markel, President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network. "The whole week is
full of events designed to raise awareness about the need and importance of
your decision. So go to an event get informed and make a decision! Take time
next week to sign your donor card and talk to your family about your wishes.
Your decision could save one of the many people on the transplant waiting list
in this province. Your decision can save a life."
    Today in Ontario, 1748 patients are on the waiting list. Of those, 1086
are men, 632 are women and 30 of those patients are children.
    "The facts are staggering," said Markel. "But TALK ABOUT IT! This is your
week and your time to make a difference. Take the time to gather the
information that you need to make that important decision and speak to your
family - your decision can save a life."

    
    Facts about organ and tissue donation in Ontario include:

    -   Every 3 days someone dies waiting for an organ transplant.
    -   One organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance the lives of up to
        75 others through tissue donation.
    -   Everyone is a potential organ and tissue donor, regardless of his/her
        age. To date, the oldest Canadian organ donor was over 90 years of
        age while the oldest tissue donor was 102 years old.
    -   Even an individual with serious illness can sometimes be an organ or
        tissue donor.
    -   There are no costs associated with organ or tissue donation.
    -   The organs and tissue that can be donated include: heart, liver,
        kidneys, pancreas, lungs, small bowel, stomach, corneas, heart
        valves, bone and skin.
    -   Most major religions support organ and tissue donation.
    -   Organ and tissue donation does not affect funeral services and you
        can still have an open casket.
    -   Even if you have signed your organ donation card you need to speak to
        your family about your wishes.
    

    National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week runs from April 22-29.

    For more details on National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week
events, or for local waiting list numbers please go to www.giftoflife.on.ca or
call 416-363-4001 or toll free  1-800-263-2833.

    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 across Ontario and improving the
system so that more lives can be saved.




For further information:

For further information: Kari Cuss, Trillium Gift of Life Network, (416)
619-2300 (direct line), (416) 526-0564 (cell)


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