This week is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. #NOTDAW There is so much going on in this space right now including Canadian Blood Services ramping up to be a national voice of change and the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program providing foundational research and working toward turning transplantation into a cure. We are enjoying this positive momentum!
Having been deep in the trenches of organ and tissue donation for some time now, we see a lot and read a lot. It’s hard not to get jaded when despite good people working hard to change the story there are still over 4400 people waiting for the gift of life and too many will wait in vain. What keeps us going is the smile of one person who started us on this journey. Jim received his gift of life, and he and his family pay it forward every day in gratitude to their donor.
We are thankful for the renewed efforts of some of our national programs and we are thankful for provinces that are going the extra mile to initiate presumed consent legislation and we are thankful for everyone who has been inspired to sign up to be a donor. This week, share what you know with someone and be part of the positive momentum.