Right now, Canada has over 5000 people waiting for a transplant of some kind. Approximately 300 of those people will pass away every year because of a lack of registered donors.
In British Columbia alone, there are 600 people awaiting transplants, and even though BC had a recording-setting 502 lives saved by organ transplants last year, the conversation needs to be louder about becoming a donor.
The current system in BC, called opt-out means that no one is considered a donor unless they register online with BC Transplant. Nova Scotia became the first province in North America to pass a motion making organ donation all presumed consent, the opposite of how BC works.
Organ Donation Activist, Hailey Cheema says that presumed consent is the way to go, it ensures a jump in the number of registered donors. That being said, it should still be an open conversation between family and friends.
Organ donation helps create a healthier and longer living future. One organ donor has the potential to save up to eight lives. Eight more lives that could live longer on earth, because of a transplant.