Organ and tissue donation awareness
"This is one of the best things I've done in my life," says Bonnie Cockrum, an altruistic donor who gave one of her kidneys to a woman she met at work.
"It was a typical day," says Bonnie, a licensed practical nurse at St. Paul's Hospital. "One of my patients had a visitor named Deb. When Deb left, my patient told me Deb was on the transplant waitlist and that she really needed a kidney."
That night, Bonnie went home and told her family she wanted to be the one to donate a kidney to this person she had just met.
When we support organ and tissue donation, we are given an opportunity to save or improve other people's lives. Sometimes this opportunity presents itself while we are still living, through the donation of a non-vital organ (e.g., kidney). Other times we are given an opportunity to offer hope even after our own life has ended.
Learn more about organ and tissue donation, hear from donors and recipients, and talk to your family about your decision to donate.
Talk to your family
It's important for you and your family to know each other's donation decision. Families who talk about their decision to donate are more likely to honour the wishes of their loved ones should organ and tissue donation be possible after death.
It's a discussion that could save lives.
About the campaign
Bonnie is one of six people affected by organ and tissue donation who is taking part in a provincial campaign to raise awareness about the impact of organ and tissue donation. During the campaign, six inspiring stories of donors and recipients will be told through videos and posters. The first story, released December 2014, featured Acacia, a young woman whose donation of six organs after her death saved five lives. The second story featured Cheryl, a heart transplant recipient, the third featured Oliver, a kidney transplant recipient, and the fourth featured Duc, who is currently on the kidney transplant wait list. A new story will be told each month until May 2015.
In addition to the videos and posters, an Offer Hope Toolkit is available to help families and communities to start talking about organ and tissue donation. Read the campaign news release. Watch the campaign video.