Program gives organ donation a boost

Shuswap residents have played their part in saving the lives of others through organ donation.

Shuswap residents have played their part in saving the lives of others through organ donation.

Effective now, British Columbians visiting all Service BC locations have been offered the opportunity to register their decision on organ donation.

A program, which was initiated last year under the leadership of Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo builds on last year’s successful pilot program held at four Service BC offices including Salmon Arm.

The pilot program showed a four-fold increase in the number of registrations than in the same period the previous year. Due to the success of the initiative in cities like ours, the government has decided to expand the program to all 61 Service BC sites in the province.

As most citizens access some type of government service through one of these locations, it is an ideal place to reach out to the many people who might consider donation, but haven’t taken the step to make their wishes known.

With 465 citizens on the transplant waiting list, signing up to become an organ donor could help save lives — possibly the life of a neighbour, co-worker, friend or family member in need.

 

 

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