Organ and tissue donation awareness
Over 200 organ and tissue donors, recipients and their families gathered at the 2015 Transplant Trot, held on May 10 in Saskatoon.
Among them were four of the participants in the Offer Hope Campaign: Bonnie and Deb, Cheryl and Oliver. Hear from our campaign participants, a woman who received a liver transplant and a kidney transplant surgeon in the sixth and final video in the campaign.
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
The provincial campaign aims to raise awareness about the impact of organ and tissue donation. During the campaign, six inspiring stories of donors and recipients are told. The first story, released December 2014, features Acacia, a young woman whose donation of six organs after her death saved five lives. The second features Cheryl, a heart transplant recipient; the third, Oliver, a kidney transplant recipient; the fourth, Duc, currently on the kidney transplant wait list; and the fifth, Bonnie, an altruistic donor. The sixth video, Running for Life, was filmed in May at the 2015 Transplant Trot, .
In addition to the videos and posters, an Offer Hope Toolkit is available to help families and communities start talking about organ and tissue donation. Read the campaign news release.