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We’re in the heart of busy season – a time of long lines and heavy traffic, all filled with busy people, busy doing things. When to-do lists start to seem undoable, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But there are 500 people on the BC transplant waiting list battling against busy, day in and day out. Over the holidays, spare 5 minutes to become an organ donor. It’s quicker than you can bake a gingerbread cookie. We checked.

Pledge to become a donor,
commemorate yourself as a gingerbread donor.

Pledges: 1 / 500     Lives Impacted: 8

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1/500

We’ve reached our goal of 500 pledges –
one for every person on the wait list.

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The hard hitting numbers

open quote Statistically speaking, you're more likely to need a transplant than to become a donor. close quote

- transplant.bc.ca

What's on the list?

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Bowels

Pledged: 1
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Eyes

Pledged: 1
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Heart

Pledged: 1
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Kidneys

Pledged: 1
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Liver

Pledged: 1
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Lungs

Pledged: 1
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Pancreas

Pledged: 1
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Tissue

Pledged: 1
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The current number of people on BC's transplant waiting list. In April, it was 479.

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The average kidney recipient waits 3.7 years for a transplant.

95%

support organ donation.

20%

register as donors.

Don't believe everything you hear

There are many misconceptions about becoming an organ donor.
Here are some of the larger mental barriers that are simply untrue.

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I'm too old

Canada's oldest organ donor was 93. Plus, you don't look a day over 28.

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I've mistreated
my organs.

Alcohol and other substances don't disqualify your organs. And like Gretzky said, you miss 100% of the donations you don't register for.

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Doctors won't try to save my life.

Doctors and paramedics will do everything they can to save your life, whether you're a donor or not. It's part of a long, trustworthy oath.

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I'm too busy.

5 minutes is all you need. Those prepared with their Care Card could even do it in half that.

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