In recognition of BeADonor month, Brockville General Hospital (BGH) and Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) held a friendly month-long competition to register as many new organ and tissue donors as they could.
As part of the challenge, the hospital that recorded the least number of new donor registrations in April would see its CEO spend a day as “Cardiac Carl,” the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) mascot. The competition ended April 30. On Friday, May 10, Frank Vassallo, KDH’s CEO, was in BGH’s Charles Street site in costume as “Cardiac Carl”. As both CEOs shared, the true winners of this competition are the thousands of patients waiting for organ and tissue donation.
Over the course of April, together BGH and KDH registered more than 500 new organ and tissue donors. According to the TGLN website, there are more than 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for organ transplants and thousands more waiting for tissue transplants.
Although the competition is at an end, both hospitals are keeping their donation pages active. Registering online to be a donor is simple and only takes two minutes. Visit www.beadonor.ca.