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Main Community News Vancouver Career College Teams Up with BC Transplant to Save Lives

Vancouver Career College Teams Up with BC Transplant to Save Lives

Monday, April 22, 2013

New donors needed to help patients on the transplant waiting list

Vancouver, BC - April 22, 2013 – There are nearly 500 British Columbians currently waiting for organ transplants, and without the generous support of organ donors, these patients won’t get a second chance at life. That’s why BC Transplant is aiming to sign up 5,000 new organ donors over the next month – and Vancouver Career College is helping to spread the word.

The Live Life. Pass it On. campaign kicks off during National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, April 22-28, 2013 and Vancouver Career College will be doing its part to encourage British Columbians to register with BC Transplant.

“Part of our job as career educators is to inspire our students to be the best they can be,” says Larry Heinzlmeir, VP of Marketing for Vancouver Career College. “As a community sponsor of BC Transplant’s Live Life. Pass it On. campaign, we’re encouraging our students to share the message of organ donation with as many people as possible.”

More than 5,761 transplants have been performed in BC since 1968. While survival rates for transplant patients have continued to improve, only a small percentage of suitable organs are available. There are also organs that could be viable for transplant but are lost because families may not be aware of their loved one’s choice to be a donor. More than 85% of British Columbians support organ donation, but only a fraction have registered their decision with BC Transplant. Register as an organ donor today at transplant.bc.ca.

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