RE/MAX of Western Canada is proud to support National Organ Donor Awareness Week every April as designated by the Canadian Association of Transplantation.
With the continued support of RE/MAX of Western Canada and other organizations helping spread the word on the need for organ donors, the BC Transplant Organization performed a record 266 organ transplants in 2008. RE/MAX provides a link from their website, remax.ca, to the provincial transplant programs for organ donor registration.
THE STORY BEHIND OUR INVOLVEMENT
- 4,500 people waited for a life-saving organ or tissue donation in 2012
- 2,124 transplants were performed in 2012
- 256 people died while waiting for a life-saving transplant in 2012
Registering your decision to become an organ donor can save up to eight lives and improve the quality of life for up to 80 others.
The critical shortage of donors is only increasing, as fewer people are dying in ways that make organ donation an option. This is due to positive factors: improved safety measures such as airbags and helmet laws, as well as continued advancements in medical care. Nonetheless, the average person is far more likely to need an organ transplant than to be eligible to donate an organ.
“It is our hope that our commitment to raising awareness about the shortage of organ donors will encourage the public to register their decision or sign a donor card,” – Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada
In B.C., the Organ Donor Registry offers four different options for donation, including the option not to donate. For more information, visit liveon.ca