Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare supports Gift of Life campaign

For Immediate Release

October 30, 2014


Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare supports

Gift of Life campaign


WINDSOR - Local promoters of organ and tissue donation gathered at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare today to celebrate their achievements. According to the most recent numbers revealed earlier this morning at www.BeADonor.ca, organ and tissue donation registration rates in Ontario have now reached 26 per cent. The total number of registered donors in Ontario today exceeds three million.


While slightly below the provincial rate, numbers in Windsor continue to rise increasing by six per cent from April 2012 to 22 per cent, or an impressive 52,274 individuals.


According to Paula Schmidt, SW Ontario Hospital Development Coordinator for Trillium, the growth in registration rates experienced in Windsor-Essex is the result of several grass root initiatives. "We are lucky in Windsor Essex to have so many champions in our community who dedicate so much of their time and energy toward this cause," states Schmidt. "Through their efforst, special events and by sharing their personal stories, organ and tissue donation remains a relevant topic of discussion in our community, having a direct, positive impact on our local registration rate."


"We are proud to stand alongside the hard working individuals in our community promoting organ and tissue donation as it aligns with one of our four organizational values: Social Responsibility," states Bill Marra, Vice President External/Government Relations, Planning & Development, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. "By encouraging individuals to register their consent, we can help save and improve lives."


Registration saves lives. According to Trillium, in the absence of registered consent, only 50 per cent of families consent to organ donation. It is very simple to register consent for organ and tissue donation in Ontario: at www.BeADonor.ca, at any ServiceOntario centre or by mail, download a copy of the consent form at www.giftoflife.ca.


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For more information contact Bill Marra, Vice President External/Government Relations, Planning & Development at (519) 257-5234.