Family Day has special meaning to many

    Trillium Gift of Life Network encourages you to talk to your loved ones
    about your organ and tissue donation wishes

    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is
celebrating Family Day on Monday February 16 reminding everyone to talk to
their loved ones about their organ and tissue donation wishes. It's a
discussion that Angeline Laffin's family is glad they had.
    Five years ago Laffin's sister saved Angeline's daughter's life by
donating part of her liver.
    "For me Family Day is about the recognition and importance of family. At
birth my daughter Caroline was diagnosed with a slew of medical conditions,
with the most severe requiring a liver transplant. We were fortunate that my
sister was an ideal candidate to be a living donor, which provided her niece
with a renewed chance at life," says Laffin, of Ottawa. "I have two children,
ages six and eight, and this day is about remembering how very fortunate we
are to live in a province and country that values family and quality health
care. Caroline is a survivor and Family Day is about celebrating that very
    "As you are spending time with your loved ones on Family Day, share your
decision to give the gift of life," says Frank Markel, President and CEO of
TGLN. "Your decision could save up eight lives through organ donation and
enhance as many as 75 others through tissue donation."
    Organs and tissue that can be donated include the heart, liver, kidneys,
pancreas, lungs, small bowel, stomach, corneas, heart valves, bone and skin.
You can also donate a kidney, part of your liver, or a lobe of your lung
through living donation.
    For Michelle Weber, of Toronto, Family Day will be spent honouring her
only son Jamieson's life. Jamieson, who was a talented lacrosse player, passed
away last year when he was 15-years-old.
    "Jamieson was a person who was always willing and able to help others,
especially those, who were not as fortunate as him. So when we were faced with
his tragic death, we were blessed to have a way to celebrate his generous
life. In so doing, Jamieson saved six lives. This is amazing to us, and it is
very inspiring to know that he lives on in six people," said Weber.
"Jamieson's life story is one that many people love to hear, over and over
again. And it is one that I never tire of sharing."
    In 2008 more than 850 men, women and children received a second chance
through living and deceased organ donation. Thousands more had an improved
quality of life as a result of a tissue transplant. Today, in Ontario there
are still 1,674 people waiting for a life saving transplant.
    You can register your consent to donate your organs and tissue by
visiting your local Service Ontario Health Card Services - OHIP office or
outreach centre where you renew your health card. You can also register by
downloading and filling out a Gift of Life Consent Form from and mailing it to the address on the form.
    If you've already signed your donor card, please also register your
decision and talk to your family about your decision.
    For more details on Trillium Gift of Life Network, please visit our
website at You can also call 416-363-4001 or toll free

For further information:

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

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