Editor: March 31 marked the second anniversary of my receiving the lifesaving gift of a live kidney donation from my dear friend Tanya Tait.
Without hesitation, I say that every day since feels like a gift. My life has forever been changed by the incredibly monumental gift of an organ donation.
Organ donation saves lives and the majority of Canadians in recent polls indicate their support, but only approximately 17 per cent of Langley residents are registered.
National Organ Donor Awareness week is coming up, from April 23 to 27. I am writing you to ask that every individual in this community become a registered organ donor today. Don’t wait another moment, don’t put it on your to do list, just do it.
To do so, go to www.transplant.bc.ca then go to organ donor registry, which will take you to a five-minute registration process. It’s simple and will save lives.
While I received the lifesaving gift of an organ donation, many in our own community are still waiting for an organ, but could die waiting.
While I am grateful and appreciative for everyone who is already registered, I am asking you to register today for me and others who are still waiting.
Tanya and I both have a bold dream for Langley and that is that we would be the organ donor capital of Canada. So today, I ask Times readers take five minutes and help us reach that goal.
People who would like to sign up as organ donors can also visit a table we will be at on Saturday, at Willowbrook Shopping Centre, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.