So today is "Hélène Campbell Day" in Ottawa. Ms. Campbell is a 20-year old from Barrhaven who is currently awaiting a double-lung transplant. She has started a HUGE campaign to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation in Ontario and throughout the world. She managed to get Justin Bieber to tweet about it and also made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show!
While I am already a registered organ donor, I urge any of you to really take the time to learn about it and to register. One person's organs can save up to 8 lives!
On a personal note - my brother-in-law passed away at the age of 20 in 2010, his organs were donated and went to people in need across Ontario and even into the United States. They also donated his femurs which helped to improve the quality of life of at least one more individual. While this donation didn't bring him back, it has definitely helped us to know that SOMETHING good came out of our loss and that the lives of many were made a little bit better that day.
To register for organ donation in Ontario please go to www.beadonor.ca.