Did you know you are six times more likely to need a transplant than you are to become an organ donor?

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, celebrated from April 17 to 24, is an opportunity to learn about the benefits and life-saving effects of organ and tissue donation.

Unlike many provinces in Canada, Saskatchewan does not have a registry that allows those who support organ and tissue donation to register their consent online.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to talk to your family about your decision to donate. Sharing this decision with your family makes it possible for your loved ones to honour your wishes after you have died.

It’s a discussion that could save lives.

For tips and tools on how to talk to your family, check out the Offer Hope Toolkit. The toolkit includes videos about donors and recipients, myths and fact, and more.

Did You Know?

  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives.
  • One tissue donor can enhance the lives of 75 people
  • Age doesn’t matter. Canada’s oldest organ donor was 93.
  • Donation will be considered only after all life-saving efforts have been made to save your life.
  • Most religions respect a person’s right to make a decision about organ and tissue donation. Talk to your spiritual advisor.
  • If you’ve received a transplant you can still be a donor.
  • Living kidney donors live a normal healthy life with one kidney.

By the Numbers

  • Over 4,500 – Canadians waiting for a transplant
  • 250 – average number of Canadians who die each year waiting for a transplant
  • 2,427 – life-saving transplants performed in Canada in 2014
  • 3,259 – sight-restoring cornea transplants performed in Canada in 2014
  • 595 – deceased donors who gave the gift of life in Canada in 2014
  • 555 – Canadians who were living donors in 2014
  • Over 90% – Canadians who support organ donation, yet only about 50% have made the decision to be a donor
  • 1/3 – Canadians who are in need of a transplant but will never receive one

To learn more about organ and tissue donation, visit www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/transplant