Northern Ontario communities lead the province in registered organ and tissue donors
Only 22 per cent of Ontarians are registered, despite increased
TORONTO, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Just over 66,000 Ontarians registered
their consent for organ and tissue donation in the past three months,
edging the provincial rate of registration up slightly to 22 per cent
of the eligible population, according to new information available
today on the Gift of 8 Movement at www.BeADonor.ca.
Registration rates in the GTA remain the lowest in the province, with
Concord, Markham, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Vaughan and Scarborough
reporting rates under 10 per cent. Northern Ontario continues to lead,
with Garson, a suburb of Sudbury, becoming the first community in the
province to achieve a donor registration rate of 50 per cent.
One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75
others through the gift of tissue. Right now over 1,500 Ontarians are
waiting for an organ transplant and sadly every three days, one of them
will die waiting.
As many as one in four Ontarians mistakenly believe they are registered
donors because they have signed a paper donor card. Donor cards are
simply not effective, as they are not always available when needed.
When a person registers their consent at beadonor.ca, their donation decision is made available to their family at the right
time, so that they can honour their loved one's generous choice to save
"Ontario is moving in the right direction and awareness of the
importance of organ and tissue donation is at an all time high.
However, there are still many people who mistakenly believe they have
registered their consent," says Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of
Trillium Gift of Life Network. "It only takes two minutes to register
or check to make sure you are indeed registered at www.BeADonor.ca. Organ and tissue donor registration is the only secure and guaranteed
way to make your decision to save and enhance lives known."
The Northern Ontario communities of North Bay, Timmins, Sturgeon Falls,
and Val Caron all reported donor registration rates of over 45 per
New wait list statistics available on www.giftoflife.on.ca show that as of July 24, 2012, 1,523 people are waiting for an organ,
with 22 of these people under the age of 18.
Since the launch of the Gift of 8 Movement in April 2012, 271 people and
52 organizations have created web profiles on www.BeADonor.ca to inspire their neighbours, friends and co-workers to register their
consent for organ and tissue donation.
Registration saves lives. Families approached to consider organ and
tissue donation almost always consent when they are given evidence of
their loved ones' registration. Those who decline donation usually
state it is because they are not sure what their loved one would have
You can also register consent through your smartphone at beadonor.ca.
The Gift of 8 Movement:
Launched in April 2012, the Gift of 8 Movement aims to make Ontarians
aware of donor registration rates in their communities and help
increase registered donors by launching their own Gift of 8 campaign to
inspire their neighbours, co-workers, friends and family to register
consent. Registration rates are updated quarterly, by community. To
find registration rates for your local community, visit www.beadonor.ca/yourcommunity.
Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the
Government of Ontario 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.
Video with caption: "Northern Ontario communities lead the province in registered organ and tissue donors ". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120724_C2459_VIDEO_EN_16417.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120724_C2459_PHOTO_EN_16417.jpg&clientName=Trillium%20Gift%20of%20Life%20Network&caption=Northern%20Ontario%20communities%20lead%20the%20province%20in%20registered%20organ%20and%20tissue%20donors%20&title=TRILLIUM%20GIFT%20OF%20LIFE%20NETWORK%20%2D%20Northern%20Ontario%20communities%20lead%20the%20province%20in%20registered%20organ%20and%20tissue%20donors%20&headline=GTA%20lags%20behind%20the%20rest%20of%20Ontario%20in%20organ%20and%20tissue%20donor%20registration
Image with caption: "Screen shot, registration rates by community in Ontario (CNW Group/Trillium Gift of Life Network)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120724_C2459_PHOTO_EN_16415.jpg
Image with caption: "Screen shot, organ and tissue donation registration scoreboard. (CNW Group/Trillium Gift of Life Network)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120724_C2459_PHOTO_EN_16416.jpg
SOURCE: Trillium Gift of Life Network
For further information:
Trillium Gift of Life Network