(Photo contributed)

Organ donation push on as Okanagan officer fights for life

Those interested in becoming an donor should visit taketwominutes.ca to sign up

With organ donation being a main topic of conversation lately due to Green Shirt Day, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are looking to raise more awareness for the cause, especially since this topic now hits close to home for the local police department.

Several weeks ago, a Vernon RCMP officer suddenly fell ill while attending a course in the Lower Mainland. Within 24 hours, he was admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with Viral Cardiomyopathy. The officer has since been in the Intensive Care Unit and has faced many medical hurdles, including requiring assistance for his heart to function.

“Our colleague, who is a husband and a father of two young children, has been desperately battling for his life,” said RCMP Const. Kelly Brett. “Staff within the North Okanagan RCMP have truly stepped up to the plate. Although we can’t physically be there to help our colleague, we want to show our support by taking two minutes out of our day to register as organ donors or check our current registration status. It is an unfortunate reminder of the importance of organ donor registration, as our friend and colleague faces the possibility of a heart transplant in the very near future.”

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP staff are challenging all first responders and their communities to register and or check their organ donation status through BC Transplant at taketwominutes.ca.

Everyone is encouraged to register their decision on organ donation. There are no restrictions in terms of age, previous or current medical conditions, or where you’ve previously lived. To register your decision at taketwomintues.ca you will need the following:

  • Your BC Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • Your name, birth date and address
  • Be at least 19 years old – or have a parent / guardian sign on the minor’s behalf

“Humboldt Bronco’s player Logan Boulet and Green Shirt Day has inspired so many British Columbians to take action and register their organ donation decision,” said Leanne Appleton, Provincial Executive Director of BC Transplant. “We know the vast majority of British Columbians are in support of organ donation so we urge everyone to take two minutes and register their decision, then have the conversation with their family. One organ donor can save up to eight lives.”

Related: VIDEO: Jersey Day and Green Shirt Day to honour Humboldt Broncos victims

Related: The 13 survivors: Healing slow to come for some after Humboldt crash

To report a typo, email:
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com
.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sternwheelers once plied Okanagan Lake

Vessels once transported passengers and goods along the Okanagan Valley

Fires ignite on Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie; Kamloops Fire Centre blazes holding

Crews working throughout region over holiday weekend to contain wildfires

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

On this B.C. Day long weekend, put your knowledge of our province to the test

Solco Creek fire east of Okanagan Falls grows to nearly 14 hectares

Both fires were under two hectares in size as of Thursday night, neither threatening structures

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Reported Big White wildfire dubbed ‘smoke chase’

Crews responded to the area but could not locate a fire

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

Wildfire in West Kelowna’s Rose Valley grows to 3 hectares

The fire was first reported at around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 2.

Travel restrictions inspiring co-operation in border communities

Small border towns are asking for exemption to travel ban

Man found dead in van on Okanagan road

Foul play not suspected in death of 39-year-old West Kelowna man found in Vernon Saturday, Aug. 1

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Most Read