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Monday, April 03, 2017

BGH Talks Organ & Tissue Donation

April is BeADonor Month and Brockville General Hospital (BGH) launched a campaign to bring awareness to the need for organ and tissue donors in Ontario
The campaign, launched through Trillium Gift of Life Network’s organizational registration drive initiative, was formed to raise organ and tissue donor registration rates in our community. 

BGH is encouraging employees, volunteers, physicians, and visitors to register their consent to organ and tissue donation The Leeds and Grenville community has 42% of its eligible population registered as organ donors.  Through the hospital’s campaign the goal is to increase both registration and awareness in the area. 

Meet Donny Brinklow, an organ recipient 
To support the donor registration drive, BGH will be hosting a talk on Friday, April 7 at 3pm with recipient, Donny Brinklow. Donny was given the gift of life in 2015 when he received a heart transplant. Donny is a husband, father, and grandfather with a passion for increasing awareness about organ and tissue donation.  Donny collapsed playing hockey, but thanks to the quick response of his friends, the medical team, and the generosity of his donor and donor family, Donny can make many more memories with his family, including granddaughter, Isabella.

Today in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance as many as 75 through the gift of tissue. It only takes two minutes to register at

While organ and tissue donation has increased significantly in Ontario, one person dies waiting for a transplant every three days, because there are still not enough donors to meet the need.

“Being a donor is a selfless act.  And it only takes a few minutes to register. I would like to encourage all eligible BGH employees, volunteers and physicians to register for life-saving and life-enhancing tissue and organ donation,” said Kevin Empey, Supervisor, BGH.

“One organ donation can save eight lives,” shared Dr. Jamie Hynd, Medical Lead for BGH’s TGLN Program. “We want our community to help save and improve lives in Ontario.  I encourage everyone to register to help change a life.”

“Every day, Trillium Gift of Life Network works hard to save lives through organ donation and transplantation, but this is only possible because a family has chosen to give the gift of life,” says Ronnie Gavsie, Trillium Gift of Life Network, President and CEO. “It can be an incredibly challenging time when someone passes, but if they registered their consent, it takes that burden away from the family and lets them know they’re helping fulfill their loved one’s last wish.”

Register your consent today
Registering consent is critical to the outcome of transplant wait list patients. One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75 others through the gift of tissue. Visit to register or to check your registration status. It is important to note that a signed donor card does not mean you are registered. 

Quick Facts
  • One donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue. 
  • Age alone does not qualify someone from becoming a donor. The oldest donor was over 90 and the oldest tissue donor was over 100. There is always the potential to be a donor. 
  • One’s current or past medical history does not prevent you from registering to be a donor. Individuals with serious illnesses can, sometimes, be organ and/or tissue donors. Each potential donor is evaluated on a case by case basis. 
  • All major religions support organ and tissue donation, or respect an individual’s choice. 
  • Learn more about organ and tissue donation by visiting the Trillium Gift of Life Network website at 
  • Register your consent for organ and tissue donation and talk to your family about your wishes. The registration process takes only about 2 minutes. You will have to provide some basic information including date of birth and your health card number. 
  • Visit to register or to check your registration status. It is important to note that a signed donor card does not mean you are registered.
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