NEW! Since the time of writing this post, organ donation registration is now available online. Please go to http://beadonor.ca/ and get registered!
My friend and colleague, Janet Parr, a Vice-Principal at UGDSB, came to our Program Services meeting today. I wish I had recorded her message, as I cannot do justice to her amazing story and her mission to promote organ donation. Janet was telling us about her wait for her new heart…and how we could help!
Janet has congenital heart disease, as did her own Mom, but she is currently being kept healthy by the mechanical heart that she carries around with her. She has a husband and a twelve year old daughter and it brought tears to my eyes to hear how she has turned her condition, that would be so depressing to some, into a hopeful and active quest (and waiting time)…until her new heart arrives.
Today I learned that it’s not enough to be carrying the wallet card about organ donation that I’ve been carrying for years!
I learned today that the wallet card I’ve been carrying often doesn’t end up in the hands of the doctors caring for me should I be in a life-threatening situation. I need to let my family know of my wishes to donate my organs and/or tissues upon my death and I need to take one more important step:
I need to go to The Ontario Trillium Gift of Life Website and download the form and mail it in or drop it off at a Service Ontario Centre (online registration is not quite available yet). This way, the information will go into a huge database and my wishes will be known to hospital personnel and my family should I become unable to share this information. I’ve mailed mine in tonight.
Please…if Organ Donation is for you, take this extra step to help someone live a full and heathly life. It’s the greatest gift you could give, and in Janet’s words “it’s a gift that will always be treasured!”