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April 18, 2013

SickKids participates in the Tri-Hospital Organ and Tissue Donor Campaign

By Elissa Hanna

A single organ donor has the possibility of saving up to eight lives. However, every three days one of the 1,500 Ontarians waiting for an organ donation loses their life because only 25 per cent of Ontario residents are signed up as donors.

From April 17 to 26, 2013, SickKids is teaming up with the University Health Network (UHN) and St. Michael’s Hospital for the Tri-Hospital Organ and Tissue Donor Campaign, to inspire at least 1,500 staff members and volunteers to confirm their status on the donor registry, or sign up to become a donor by visiting www.beadonor.ca/123. People are often surprised to find that they are not signed up as donors despite signing a paper donor card; in fact, willing organs donors must also register online to make their donor status official.

As part of the SickKids campaign, a team of interdisciplinary staff members will host an Organ and Tissue Transplant Showcase located in the Garden Terrace in the SickKids Atrium on April 18 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The showcase will feature current research being done by the team, and will test public knowledge of organ and tissue donation through an interactive Myth or Fact game. A table will also be set up in the Atrium throughout the week with some great information on organ donation, and a computer will be on hand to help you check your donor status on the registry.

Watch the CEOs of SickKids, UHN and St. Michael’s Hospital pledge to support the cause
, and join them by checking your organ donor status or signing up to be a donor at www.beadonor.ca/123.