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Run Under the Sun honours donor families; celebrates organ transplants
Submitted by Debbie Cobby from Southpoint Sun Newspaper
The annual Sport Fest Windsor Sun Life Financial “Run Under the Sun” Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Event was held Saturday, April 16th at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor. The day was overcast and cool, but didn’t dampen the spirits of over 100 people who participated in this WRACE event.
Essex County was well represented. This group won 4 first-place ribbons, 2 second-place ribbons and 3 third-place ribbons for each of their age/event categories. Monies raised support Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital during National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week April 17-23. This event honours donor families and celebrates the gift of organ transplantation, a new life and beginning for many Canadians of all ages.
There are still over 4000 Canadians waiting for a life-saving transplant! One patient dies every 3 days while waiting. Only 14% of Essex County residents have registered as an organ donor. To become a registered organ and tissue donor please visit your local OHIP office or download a donor registration form at www.giftoflife.on.ca. Please discuss your wishes with your family.
Check out our website at www.SportFestWindsor.org.
[info_box] Q: What if donation conflicts with my religious beliefs? A: Most major religions support organ and tissue donation. If your religion restricts the use of a body after death, consult your religious leader. Restrictions may not apply if the donation could save another life.
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