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Help Celebrate National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week

(Horizon) April 12, 2019 - The NB Organ and Tissue Program is inviting residents in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton to join them and the Canadian Transplant Association - New Brunswick Branch, at flag-raising ceremonies to celebrate National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW).

Ceremonies on Monday, April 15 will be held in the following locations:

  • Saint John - 12 p.m. at City Hall
  • Moncton - 12 p.m. at City Hall
  • Fredericton - 12 pm at City Hall

National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week is being celebrated across Canada from April 21-27. Approximately 4,400 Canadians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and many more are waiting for tissue transplants. Sadly, on average 250 Canadians die each year waiting for a transplant. This year, there are over 150 New Brunswickers on the wait list. A single organ donor can save as many as eight lives, a tissue donor may improve the quality of life for up to 75 people, and an ocular donor can restore sight for two people.

During this awareness week, New Brunswickers are encouraged to make or renew their commitment to organ and tissue donation by indicating their intent to donate on their Provincial Medicare Card (by calling Service New Brunswick at 1-888-762-8600), and make their wishes known to their family members or loved ones.

The NB Organ and Tissue Program is administered by Horizon Health Network and includes organ, tissue and ocular donations. More information can be found on Horizon's website (www.HorizonNB.ca/Organ-Tissue), Service New Brunswick's website, or by calling toll-free 1-888-762-8600.

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For more information contact:

Emely Poitras
Media Relations
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca

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