As I contemplated this statement, I thought there could be no better way to convey the importance of organ donation than to ask someone who has lived through the ordeal of waiting for an organ transplant and has been given the gift of life. And so I share you with the words of my constituent Bruce Cuthbert:
“Organ donation is truly the gift of life. I and others like me are living proof that it works. It has allowed us to enjoy a full, healthy, active life that I am grateful to be able to share with my family, friends and community that would otherwise not be possible.
“Others are not fortunate. In Ontario, 1,500 people are currently waiting on the list for a transplant. One of them dies every three days, even though one donor can save up to eight lives and enhance 75 others.
“The reality is that the need for organ donation not only affects the person waiting for a transplant but also their families, friends and loved ones whose lives are disrupted and who share in the anxiety and trauma of hoping for a miracle transplant that may never come, all the while knowing they are helpless to do anything.
“More must be done to facilitate and encourage organ donor consent registration.”
I want to thank Bruce for his motivational words and I encourage anyone who has not yet already done so to go to beadonor.ca and register today.