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Organ Donation Stressed at Kidney Walk

Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 3:42 PM
Ribbon cutting kicks off the 2016 Prince George Kidney Walk on Sunday. Photos 250News

Ribbon cutting kicks off the 2016 Prince George Kidney Walk on Sunday. Photos 250News

Prince George, B.C. – People afflicted with kidney disease and their supporters headed to the Northern Sport Centre Sunday afternoon for the 2016 Prince George Kidney Walk.

The annual event is held to raise money for the Kidney Foundation and help pay for some of the activities involving local kidney patients. Funds were raised through pledges to those taking part in the walk, a silent auction and through the presentation of a $5,000 cheque from the RBC Employee Foundation.
But the event is also held to raise awareness about the critical issue of organ donation. While 95 percent of British Columbians support the idea of organ donation, only 23 percent have actually registered with BC Transplant to donate organs.
One of the speakers Sunday was Amanda Poch of Vancouver, who this year is marking her 10dsc_0014 year anniversary of receiving a liver at age 26 from a 76-year-old man. She now has an 86-year-old liver which, she says, has functioned perfectly with no rejection whatsoever. (Amanda is pictured right, along with Guy Lapierre, who received a kidney from his sister six years ago.)
Amanda has been travelling the province this year on her Live Then Give tour educating people in many communities about organ donation. She says right now in the entire province of B.C. there are 540 people awaiting an organ transplant. That takes in all types of organs but Poch says 80% of those are for kidneys.
She is astounded that in a province this size organs are not available to meet the needs of those people on the waiting list. “The biggest problem that I have found from talking with people,” says Poch “was that they were misinformed about the process of organ donation. What exactly does organ donation mean? There’s a lot of fear that goes around and some of that has to do with silly movies on television, we’ve got people who are misinformed due to religion as well.”
She says “religions across the board believe that organ donation is a tribute to saving life yet, much like politics, (some) religion is all about perception and how you interpret the words. So those have been some of the problems.”
“But with 20% of British Columbians being registered (for organ donation), even if we raised it up to 50% we’d be able to eliminate that wait list. So it’s really sad to think that there’s only 540 people on the waiting list in B.C. but people are dying every day and getting listed every day. We should be able to fix this problem.”
She says awareness and discussion are crucial. “That’s right, making it a common conversation among families, and much like what you do with your will and estate at your end of life. It’s something that everybody knows that we need to do. We don’t necessarily have to worry about it for a long time coming but it’s always good to be prepared. And so much like that, it’s about making sure that you’re talking about it with your family and to let them know what your wishes are as well.”
Raymond Wakefield donated a kidney to his brother in September and is this year’s Kidneydsc_0012 Walk honouree. He says “my uncle had a transplant over ten years ago, my dad had one about four years ago and of course my brother, now seven weeks ago. They’re all doing fantastic.”
“You know I hear all the time, people say to me, you’re a hero. I don’t think that’s true I think the real heroes out there are the ones sitting on dialysis, waiting for organ transplants and dealing with all the pain and suffering. My brother lost his job and went into bankruptcy, just wasn’t able to work and that was really hard. I had an opportunity to do this and now he’s back and doing great.”
“I recommend that anyone out there that has somebody in their family that they really love and don’t want to see them go by all means talk to the Kidney Foundation or talk to your doctor and find out the steps to what it takes to become a donor. It’s a very heartfelt thing to do.”


I see Photo-op Shirley is front and center, surprised not to see Mike Morris in the lead photo as well.

Regardless, organ donation is a deadly serious issue, please donate, and you can even register on-line now!

ht tp://www.transplant.bc.ca/be-donor

Perhaps this link could have been inserted into the story to make it more effective, after all many people read these news stories who are not currently registered organ donors. Just a suggestion.

    Looks like Shirley is there, on a Sunday afternoon I might add, doing her part to raise awareness of kidney disease and organ donation! Good for her!

    BeingHuman/JGalt/People#1/Peeps or whoever you are at this moment, what did you do today?

      Hart guy… with the provincial government never in session bond has tons of free time.

      Not to diminish this story about organ donation, but you nailed it P Val, while you mentioned she (Shirley) has plenty of “free time” I would remind everyone that she is being paid, via our taxes, at least $123,000 in MLA salary.

      As P Val pointed out, where else should should she be, because it is definitely not sitting in the Legislature where she is suppose to be. I think there may be a blurring of the lines here between what the duties of a sitting member of government should be doing and what a politician running for re-election should be doing, IMO.

      You guys are just whining because Shirley is actually out and about doing her job representing the people in her riding! You whined and complained that Dick Harris was never visible in his Federal riding and now you whine and complain because Shirley is out and about and is visible in her Provincial riding!

      What a bunch of whiners you are! Perhaps you guys should start whining about Justin! He’s never at work, he’s always too busy looking for the next cameras!

      By the way BeingHuman, how come you aren’t going by JGalt anymore? Or Peeps, or whatever? why the name change back to BeingHuman? You change your name more often that some change their underwear!

      You bring new meaning to the phrase “me, myself and I”

      “BeingHuman, Peeps, JGalt” hahaha!

I had a chat with my MLA’s last year about donations in the Interior and the North, they said at the time they were working to advance Doctor and Patient information on donations. I think it’s working. Folks, you can’t take it with you when you’re gone and you may be saving a life in your death. Why the hell not? I’ve donated my body to UBC Sciences to assist others, it’s not a big deal. Culture, religion and personal feeling get in the way of helping others have a full life instead of a half life, filled with peritoneal dialysis and hemo dialysis. There are no camping trips, there are no holidays away, there is nothing. My wife waited 6.5 years so that she could finally do more with a new kidney and we are so blessed that a person donated a kidney that matched.The costs have been enormous but the end result is incredible. This is a very good news story, I am very pleased to see the actions of Shirley Bond and Mike Morris in pushing this forward. Will I be able to help others with a cornea, bone marrow, liver? I sure hope I can.

Religious objections to organ donation do exist but are pretty rare. There is, however, a religious factor that plays a role for some people who are not opposed in principle to organ donation, namely how death is determined. Jewish opinion is that organ donation is either commendable or, perhaps the majority opinion of authorities, obligatory, but the donation rate is nonetheless relatively low. The problem is that most Orthodox Jews do not accept brain death as the criterion for death and therefore cannot accept the usual procedure for removal of organs for transplant. The same is true of some, usually the more conservative, denominations within other religions.

I am pretty sure the Falun Gong object to organ donation.

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