Posted on February 14, 2017 at 10:00am
time to help give life
On April 1st, 2017, the first day of national tissue organ donation month, a fundraiser will be held at the Russell High School to promote organ donation awareness, with all monies raised going to Pulmonary Hypertension (PH).
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The organization committee is a joint effort of the three service clubs in the area. Lions, Optimists and Kin are coming together with many other caring individuals in the community to make this event possible.
“We’re quite pleased with the way that the service clubs in the area, now, all go on so well and all contribute to each other’s auctions and everything”, explained Connie Johnston, chair of fundraiser organizing committee.
The program of the evening would consist in a cocktail and sit down meal, along with a background of soft piano by Johnny Watson.
Testimonials on the importance of organ donation as well as by a successful double lung transplant patient will also be given, followed by a silent auction to close the evening. Last but not least, people will also be able to register for organ donation on site.
"This is a very exciting project as a new procedure has been developed in the treatment of PH”, added Mrs Johnston. “It is a procedure where they use stem cells instead of transplant. The stem cells will rejuvenate the lungs and the heart so that no transplant is required.”
Duncan Stewart, MD, is a cardiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, whom they are hoping will be present to talk about this breakthrough.
Today, in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. This is their only treatment option, and every three days, someone will die because they did not get their transplant in time.
Beadonor.ca is a website where it is possible to register, verify registration and get the facts online. As it is said on the website, it only takes 2 minutes to register.