RE/MAX of Western Canada became involved with the
organ donor awareness in 2004 because of the gift of life that one RE/MAX agent
gave to another.
A RE/MAX agent in Surrey, BC had been suffering with
polycystic kidney disease for 11 years, when he was told by his nephrologists
that he would need a new kidney. The
doctors advised that he had a much better chance of finding his own live donor
that waiting on the seven years long organ donor list.
An email campaign was started with friends & family
to see if anyone was a match, however they were tested for eligibility and none
made it through the screening process.
A fellow RE/MAX associate whom he knew for 20 years
decided to secretly get tested without telling family and/ friends about the
screening….he was informed he was a match.
He waited until his colleague’s birthday to share the news.
It has been well over 15 years!
4,500 people waited for a life-saving organ or tissue
donation in 2012
2,124 transplants were performed in 2012
256 people died while waiting for a life-saving transplant
Be an Organ Donor today!