This Valentine's Day talk to your loved ones about organ donation



    Sign an organ donor card and talk to your family about your wishes

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is
celebrating Valentine's Day by reminding Ontarians to sign their organ donor
cards and speak to their family about their wishes.
    "We have a shortage of organs in Ontario. There are too many men, women
and children on the organ transplant waiting list. You have the power to save
up to eight lives, just by signing your organ donor card and sharing your
wishes with your loved ones," said Frank Markel, President and CEO of TGLN.
    Today in Ontario, 1,665 patients are on the transplant waiting list.
    "To give an organ to save someone's life, to me, is the ultimate
expression of caring and unconditional love. In March 2008, I will be
receiving a kidney (my third transplant in 24 years) from a loved one, and
words can't describe what this means to me, to my life and the lives of my
daughters," said Justin Poy of Toronto. "Please sign your organ donor card and
express your wishes to your family and those closest to you. It could
undoubtedly be the most important gift you will ever give."
    Every three days someone dies waiting for an organ transplant in Ontario.
    "I was given a chance to live and love again when I received my
transplant," said Carla Borton, a heart and double lung recipient from Thunder
Bay. "I am grateful for each extra day I have been gifted to be with my loved
ones. This Valentine's Day is special for me because this year I have someone
special to share it with. I will be forever grateful that my donor and their
family made the decision to give the gift of love to someone else."
    Everyone is a potential organ and tissue donor. The oldest Canadian organ
donor to date was over 90 years of age, while the oldest tissue donor was 102.
    "It's critical to share your decision with your family, as they will be
asked for final consent to donate your organs after your death. Talk about
your intentions with your loved ones and give them a copy of your signed donor
card so they can understand, support and respect your wishes in the future,"
said Markel. "Hundreds of lives are saved every year because of a simple
conversation."
    For more details on Trillium Gift of Life Network or where you can obtain
an organ donor card, please visit our website at www.giftoflife.on.ca or call
416-363-4001 or toll free 1-800-263-2833.





For further information:

For further information: Carrie Hoto, Trillium Gift of Life Network,
(416) 619-2299 (office), (416) 735-0099 (cell)


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