Ser­vice BC and BC Trans­plant in­vite Bri­tish Columbians to #LiveLifePassItOn

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Since 2015, 60,000 Bri­tish Columbians have reg­is­tered to give the gift of life, thanks to a valu­able part­ner­ship be­tween Ser­vice BC and BC Trans­plant. “Or­gan do­na­tions save lives. Our staff at Ser­vice BC play a vi­tal role in help­ing peo­ple learn more about reg­is­ter­ing to be an or­gan donor,” said Jinny Sims, Min­is­ter of Cit­i­zens’ Ser­vices. “Th­ese ded­i­cated work­ers not only pro­vide thought­ful guid­ance and the knowl­edge that peo­ple need to make this im­por­tant de­ci­sion, but also in­for­ma­tion on how to talk to their fam­ily mem­bers about their choice.” Sims was in Nanaimo, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ser­vice BC, BC Trans­plant, and or­gan donor re­cip­i­ents and their fam­i­lies, to high­light the part­ner­ship be­tween BC Trans­plant and Ser­vice BC. This col­lab­o­ra­tion has re­sulted in 18,797 reg­is­trants at Ser­vice BC of­fices be­tween April and De­cem­ber of 2017 alone an in­crease of 4% from the pre­vi­ous year.“While reg­is­ter­ing as an or­gan donor only takes a few min­utes, this part­ner­ship be­tween Ser­vice BC and BC Trans­plant has helped many make a de­ci­sion they can truly feel good about,” said Leonard Krog, MLA for Nanaimo. “Ser­vice BC staff are knowl­edge­able, help­ful and re­ally take the time to help our res­i­dents with the de­ci­sion to reg­is­ter.” For Ju­lia Ains­ley, a cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Dun­can Ser­vice BC lo­ca­tion, the work to reg­is­ter Bri­tish Columbians as or­gan donors is a life-sav­ing ef­fort with a per­sonal con­nec­tion. “My son’s grand­fa­ther was di­ag­nosed with end-stage liver dis­ease, but a suc­cess­ful trans­plant, eight months after his di­ag­no­sis, saved his life,” Ains­ley said. “Reg­is­ter­ing as an or­gan donor has the power to give peo­ple a sec­ond chance at life. This im­por­tant work im­pacts real peo­ple.” “Reg­is­ter­ing your de­ci­sion for or­gan do­na­tion could d be such a gift to your fam­ily,” says Leanne Ap­ple­ton, pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, BC Trans­plant. “We of­ten hear from donor fam­i­lies that in a time of such tragedy and loss, it’s of­ten a com­fort to know that their loved one wanted to be an or­gan donor and reg­is­tered their wishes.” Deb­o­rah Graves, a Nanaimo res­i­dent, re­ceived a liver trans­plant in 2011 that saved her life. “I am alive to­day be­cause of the gen­eros­ity and kind­ness of an or­gan donor and their h i f fam­ily,” il said id Graves. “Be­cause of f this, hi I want to en­cour­age all of my fel­low Bri­tish Columbians to reg­is­ter their de­ci­sion and let their fam­ily know their wishes it could mean the gift of life for some­one like me.” BC Trans­plant es­ti­mates that there are nearly 640 peo­ple in Bri­tish Columbia wait­ing for a life-sav­ing trans­plant.

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