Organ donation awareness fair held at UVU

Organ donation awareness fair held at UVU

There now are more than 120,000 men, women and children waiting for organ transplants in the United States, and every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list, according to the organization's website.

Manitoba donor physician Dr. Faisal Siddiqui said whenever stories like the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is covered by news media, it sways people who were contemplating donating to actually follow through.

"Logan made it clear previously that he signed his donor card as soon as he turned 21", Boulet's family told Global News. "And when that comes up, people want to act".

You can register to be an organ donor online at sharelifemidwest.com or at the DMV when obtaining or renewing a driver's license.

The Canadian Press reports that by Monday, April 8, almost 900 people in Alberta had expressed interest in becoming an organ donor, compared to the average of 425 normally seen over a two-day period. "Even in his eventual passing, he will be a selfless hero".

"Receiving a transplant gives you another chance at life".

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"It's such an easy thing that everyone can try to do to help", Stokke, 25, said in a phone interview. Every year, she said the wait list grows, and hundreds of people die without receiving the treatment they need.

According to figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the rate of deceased organ donation in the country has increased by 42 percent since 2007.

Transplant advocate Hailey Cheema said she hopes the 21-year-old defenceman's story will inspire more young people to think about becoming organ donors.

"The decision to donate organs is a powerful gift, made more poignant because it often happens at an incredibly hard time", said Alberta Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman.

HLA tissue typing test is done on the "organ-transplant" patient to check the compatibility of organ with a live donor.

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