Sunday, April 17, 2011

National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week

This coming week, April 17th to the 23rd, is "National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week" in Ontario. As such, there are many events planned across the province. To find an event near you, click here.

The numbers are shocking - there are nearly 1,500 Ontarians waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Every three days, one of those on the waiting list dies simply because there aren't enough registered organ and tissue donors.

But with your help, we can change this. During National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week in April, our goal is to register 1,500 Ontarians who wish to become organ and tissue donors - all the way from Timmins in the north to Windsor in the south.

With this year's event, Life for 1500, we want to connect with your community in a personal way, introducing transplant recipients in a more intimate setting, reminiscent of a family room with an array of family photos displayed.

Life for 1500 shows that those on the wait list are more than just numbers - they're also someones family member or friend.

For those of you in Ontario, the consent form can be downloaded here!
For other Canadian provinces, click here
In Great Britain, click here
In the United States, click here

To Remember Me - I Will Live Forever

by Robert Noel Test, American Poet (1926-1994)

The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress located in a hospital; busily occupied with the living and the dying. At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.

When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don’t call this my deathbed. Let it be called the bed of life, and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives.

  • Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman.

  • Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.

  • Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play.

  • Give my kidneys to the one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.

  • Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk. Explore every corner of my brain.

  • Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, someday a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.

  • Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.

  • If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weakness and all prejudice against my fellow man.

  • Give my sins to the devil.

  • Give my soul to God.

If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you're updating this blog again. We've missed you.

Beautiful poetry with a powerful message. We are all one body in flesh and in spirit. Today the wind carries away my breath to some distant place. And tomorrow or some long days from now, my body will live on in someone else.

Nice thought, knowing we leave our marks in one way or another. Your writings (and the love in them), too, will outlive you.