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Help Celebrate National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

(SAINT JOHN) April 20, 2018 - The NB Organ and Tissue Program is inviting Saint John residents to join them and the Canadian Transplant Association - New Brunswick Branch, at a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) on Monday, April 23 at 12 p.m. at City Hall.

 

National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week is being celebrated across Canada-wide from April 22-29. Approximately 4,600 Canadians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and many more are waiting for tissue transplants. Sadly, approximately 250 Canadians die each year waiting for a transplant. This year, there are over 250 New Brunswickers on the wait list. An organ donor can save as many as eight lives, while a tissue donor may improve the quality of life for up to 75 people.

 

During this awareness week, New Brunswickers are encouraged to make or renew their commitment to organ and tissue donation, and to make their wishes known to their family members.

 

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, Service New Brunswick's website or by calling toll-free 1-888-762-8600. 

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For more information contact:

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
Media Relations
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca



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