Are you gonna use that liver when you die? Because I know a guy who might need it (actually a ton of people really). Giving back doesn’t always mean giving money. It can mean giving your time to volunteer, giving your clothes or household wares to the Salvation Army, or even giving up your organs when you die.
I remember when I was a kid, I never wanted to be an organ donor. I was convinced that even though I’d be dead, I would still feel the surgeon cutting out my heart and liver. Well, I guess I’ve been desensitized by watching too many episodes of ER and Grey’s Anatomy because now I have absolutely no problem with them scooping up any organs they want. Plus, it seriously took me 5 minutes to register. What have you got to lose, besides a bunch of body parts you won’t need anyway?
I’ve even drafted up a nice little list of links so you can register easy-peasy no matter what province you live in:
British Columbia – transplant.bc.ca
Saskatchewan – health.gov.sk.ca
Manitoba – gov.mb.ca
Ontario – beadonor.ca
Quebec – signezdon.gouv.qc.ca
New Brunswick – gnb.ca
Nova Scotia – legacyoflife.ns.ca
PEI – healthpei.ca
Newfoundland – I had real trouble trying to find a website about Newfoundland’s organ donation program. After visiting a multitude of websites all I found was some site that said if you sign the back of your driver’s license requesting to donate your organs it should be fine. So, yeah…
Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories – Apparently these provinces are stuck in the dark ages as they don’t have registries set up (that I could find anyway). But similar to Newfoundland, if you sign the back of your medical card and make your wishes known to your family, then you’ll be considered an organ donor.
And don’t think I forgot about all of you lovely American neighbours from across the border. Here’s a site for you to register too: organdonor.gov