Easter wishes from Trillium Gift of Life Network

    Reminds Ontarians there are 1748 people on the organ donation waiting
    list today

    TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - As Easter weekend approaches Trillium Gift of
Life Network (TGLN) is reminding Ontarians that 1748 men, women and children
are still on the organ donation waiting list in this province.
    "These numbers are too high," said Frank Markel, President and CEO of
TGLN, "And Ontarians can do something about it. This weekend, as you gather
with family for holiday celebrations, please take a moment to speak to your
loved ones about your organ donation wishes - every single person in this
province has the ability to save a life - what's stopping you?"
    Today in Ontario, 1748 patients are on the transplant waiting list. Of
those, 1086 are men, 632 are women and 30 of those patients are children.
    "This has been a very restrictive time in my life," said Linda Lycett,
Grandmother of four from Etobicoke who has been waiting for a kidney for over
five years. "No longer can I stay at my daughter's house with my grandchildren
for a few days and my travel days are over. We need to raise awareness about
organ donation in Ontario because there are so many people, just like me who
want to be able to carry on in our normal lives and feel healthy and
productive once again. I am so thankful that dialysis is saving my life, but
look forward to having the gift of a kidney transplant, and regaining my
freedom once again. Please talk to your family about your organ donation
wishes today - you have the power to make a difference to someone like me."
    Every three days someone on the organ donation waiting list dies.
    "It's critical to share your decision with your family, as they will be
approached and asked for final consent to donate your organs after your death.
This Easter, take a moment, talk to your family and give them a copy of your
signed donor card so they can understand, support and respect your wishes in
the future. You can save a life."

    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 more details on Trillium Gift of Life Network please visit our
website at www.giftoflife.on.ca or call 416.363.4001 or toll free

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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