Edna Humphries of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, B.C. and Yukon branch was at the Service BC office in Grand Forks on Oct. 28 to present staff members Karin Nuyten and Gina Burroughs with a community leadership award.
“The award is to recognized your leadership, dedication and support of organ donation,” said Humphries.
Service BC in Grand Forks has registered 46 organ donors.
According to the kidney foundation, right now there are over 500 patients in B.C. waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and almost 400 waiting for a kidney. Sadly, many of these patients will die waiting.
Humphries said that the need for organs is far great than the available supply.
“The kidney foundation’s latest polls show that 95 per cent of British Columbians support organ donation yet only 19 per cent of people have registered their wishes,” said Humphries. “We have to close this gap.”