Trillium Gift of Life Network celebrates Family Day



    Talk to your loved ones about your organ and tissue donation wishes

    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is
celebrating Ontario's first Family Day on Monday February 18 and is reminding
everyone to talk to their loved ones about their organ and tissue donation
wishes.
    "As you are spending time with your loved ones on Family Day, share your
decision to give the gift of life," said Frank Markel, President and CEO of
TGLN. "It is imperative that you discuss your wishes with your family as they
will be asked for final consent to donate your organs and tissues after your
death. Give them a copy of your signed donor card so they can understand,
support and respect your wishes in the future."
    Today, in Ontario there are 1,674 people on the waiting list.
    "Family is the most important thing in life. Thanks to a caring, generous
donor family our daughter Devan lives a healthy, happy life. Sign your donor
card, tell your family about it and help save more lives in Ontario," said the
Cruickshanks family of Dundas.
    Every 3 days, someone dies waiting for an organ transplant.
    "Dave died two years ago, so we never had the opportunity to celebrate
Family Day with him. So fortunate are those who do have their families intact
and can enjoy some time together," said Jocelyn White, whose husband died
waiting for an organ. "Signing a donor card is encouraged but the most
important step is communicating your wishes to your family. Tell them how you
feel. Communicate your wishes. We know organ donation saves lives...for all
families."
    "You have the power to save lives. One organ donor can save up to eight
lives and enhance the lives of up to 75 others through tissue donation," said
Markel.
    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 at: 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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