Trillium Gift of Life Network

Trillium Gift of Life Network

April 23, 2009 17:15 ET

Living Green Ribbon Formed in Toronto

Supporters of organ and tissue donation encourage others to register "YES" as part of National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week in Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

Local residents gathered together today at Queen's Park to form a Living Green Ribbon. They held up green signs with a large "YES" that symbolized the growing movement to support organ and tissue donation.

Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) and The Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFC) have been working in partnership with local volunteer groups to organize these Living Green Ribbon events as part of their National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) activities in Ontario.

"The Living Green Ribbon event is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation," said Frank Markel, President and CEO of TGLN. "We know that right at this moment there are nearly 1700 people waiting for an organ transplant and many more need tissue transplants in Ontario. This number shows us why we need to get people thinking about organ and tissue donation."

Living Green Ribbon events are also taking place in nine other cities throughout the province during NOTDAW, which runs from April 19-26 this year.

"This is the first living green ribbon at Queen's Park and it's very special as it coincides with the 10th anniversary of my daughter's passing," said Diane Craig, donor family member and member of the TGLN Board of Directors. "We are asking people to give us an hour of their time. I can think of no better way to show support for the 1700 people currently waiting for a transplant than by standing together at Queens Park. This ribbon represents life, for fundamentally donation is about life, the gift of life."

The KFC began the Living Green Ribbon concept in Ottawa in 2002.

"Events like this one today celebrate the efforts of volunteers, the generosity of donors and the lives of those who have been given the gift of life," said Markel.

You can register your consent to donate your organs and tissue by visiting your local Service Ontario Health Card Services - OHIP office or outreach centre where you renew your health card. You can also register by downloading and filling out a Gift of Life Consent Form from www.giftoflife.on.ca and mailing it to the address on the form.

If you've already signed your donor card, please also register your decision and talk to your family about your decision.

For more details on TGLN and events that are taking place during NOTDAW, please visit our website at www.giftoflife.on.ca. You can also call 416-363-4001 or toll free 1-800-263-2833.

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