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Toronto's three transplant hospitals ask Torontians to check their donor status

Toronto, April 17, 2013

By Emily Holton

Update: The response to this drive has been overwhelming so far; St. Michael's, UHN and SickKids reached 88 per cent of our joint goal on our first day! Our initial goal was to encourage 1,500 Torontonians to check their donor status – we’ve now upped that number to 3,000. Help us make this Trillium’s biggest-ever organization campaign!

Research shows that many Ontarians think they’re registered as an organ and tissue donor, but aren’t – even if they've signed a donor card. The result? Less than 25 per cent of Ontarians are officially registered as donors.

Yet each and every new registration has the potential to make a huge difference: just one organ and tissue donor can help save up to eight lives, and enhance another 75.

From April 17-26, Toronto’s three transplant hospitals are joining forces to increase awareness about organ donation and encourage Torontonians to check their donor status. St. Michael’s is proud to be involved.

Our goal is to inspire 3,000 people to check their status, and either confirm that they’re already registered or register for the first time.

Please take two minutes (that’s all it takes!) to visit our campaign page at beadonor.ca/123, and click on the "check your status: link. All you need is your health card number.

But don’t take our word for it – check out the video our CEOs made to show their support for the cause!

The hospitals’ CEOs, including Bob Howard, were the first three participants to check their status at beadonor.ca/123. They can confirm: "It's as easy as one, two, three!"

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael's Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, and care of the homeless are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.