Media Advisory

April 21 , 2006

Balloon release to honour donors and increase awareness
LHSC to launch National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

(LONDON, ON) – Hundreds of balloons will be released on Monday, April 24, at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in a ceremony to honour donors and help launch National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (April 23-30) – an annual event that aims to promote the importance of donation and transplantation.

Currently, more than 4,000 Canadians are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Every three days, one Canadian dies while waiting. The Multi-Organ Transplant Program at LHSC is a leading transplant program that performs approximately 200 transplants annually. The program is committed to education and awareness and is honoured to participate in the National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week.

Date: Monday April 24, 2006
Time: 1:00pm-1:30 pm

London Health Sciences Centre
University Campus
339 Windermere Rd.
Main Entrance (front circle) off Perth Drive

Who: Dr. William Wall, Director, Multi-Organ Transplant Program, LHSC Trillium Gift of Life Network Representatives
Transplant Donors and Recipients

For further information, please contact:

Allison Lapthorne
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772