On this special occasion, they had a message for Albertans – sign up to become an organ donor and talk to your family about it.
Donor rates in Alberta have increased substantially and more than 330,000 Albertans have registered with the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry since it was launched three years ago. But there are still 600 men, women and children in the province waiting for an organ transplant, and thousands more waiting for tissue transplants.
“Darren and Michelle have each other today thanks to organ donation. Throughout Alberta, there are families with loved ones waiting for a new heart, kidney or other organ. Becoming a donor and talking to your family about your choice only takes a few minutes and can mean a new lease on life for another person.”
Darren received a kidney from Michelle in a living donor transplant in 2004, and a pancreas from a deceased donor in 2008. Darren and Michelle have been together for 19 years and have two children.
“Michelle never had any doubts about donating whatever it took to get me healthy again. She’s said she’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
Donors can save up to eight lives by joining the donor registry. Clearly explaining your wishes to your family is critical to making this possible.
“For many, the gift of life is only possible thanks to the generosity of deceased donor families. I encourage Albertans who support transplant to speak up; register your intent to donate and share that commitment with friends and family.”
To register your consent to donate or to learn more about organ and tissue donation, please visit ultimategiftalberta.ca.