As you read these words, more than 4,000 Canadians are waiting for organs. More than 130 of them are Nova Scotians. An organ transplant will give these people a second chance to live a full life. Many spend months or years waiting for that day to come.
Hundreds more Nova Scotians are waiting to have their lives saved or improved through tissue donation. Some wait up to 18 months to have their sight returned through a cornea transplant. Many require tissue for orthopaedic surgeries to improve their mobility.
By choosing to be an organ and tissue donor, you are giving a legacy of life, improving the health of others, and creating an enduring gift of kindness and compassion. Although the donation is anonymous, you and your act will forever be remembered by recipients and their families.
Organ and tissue donation helps families cope with the death of a loved one. At a time of shock and grief, family and friends draw comfort from knowing that their loss has helped renew the lives of others. Donation gives grieving families a chance to honour the generosity of their loved one, by respecting their wish to create good for others out of an otherwise tragic situation.
Research shows that the vast majority of Nova Scotians support organ and tissue donation. Yet only one in two Nova Scotians have registered as a donor. This leaves hundreds of people waiting for organs and tissues. With your help, we can ensure that no more lives are lost because donors weren’t found in time.