Four transplant patients tell their story: new organs are life-changing

UHN set a record number of transplants in the last year: 581.

This new record includes the first hand transplant in Canada performed at Toronto Western Hospital in January.

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week 2016

April 17 – April 23, 2016

Across Ontario, the numbers are equally dramatic:

  • 1,600 people in Ontario are on the waiting list for a transplant
  • Every three days someone in Ontario dies waiting for a transplant
  • 295 is the record number of organ donors in Ontario, reached in 2015
  • One organ donor can save eight lives
  • 29 per cent of Ontarians have registered to be an organ donor
  • To register to be an organ and tissue donor, visit www.beadonor.ca

To mark National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, the following is happening at UHN:

Toronto Western Hospital

  • Monday April 18, – 12 p.m., 2nd floor auditorium – a pizza lunch and a presentation by tissue recipient Ralph Walker. Walker will speak about his experience of becoming a tissue recipient after surviving third degree burns on over 75 per cent of his body in an accident.
  • Wednesday April 20 and Friday April 22, – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Booths will be set up in front of Shoppers Drug Mart providing information, “beadonor” items and a raffle for items from local businesses.


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

  • Wednesday April 20, – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: an information booth where one can also register to be an organ donor.


Toronto General Hospital

  • Monday April 18 – Friday April 22, – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Information booths will be set up in the in Eaton lobby where one can also register to be an organ donor.
  • Thursday, April 21, – Meet members of the Dragon Boat Team at the booth. They are are all organ recipients and compete in the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival.

Staff and visitors carrying their health cards can register to be an organ and tissue donor at the booths listed above.

Every life saved through a transplant starts with just one click.

Register to be an organ and tissue donor online at www.beadonor.ca

Written by UHN News

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