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Thursday, May 17, 2012 reaches 5,000 and continues to grow

Manitobans respond to request to register with great enthusiasm

Transplant Manitoba is thrilled by the number of people who have registered their intent to be organ and tissue donors on in just three short weeks.

"5,000 registered is a terrific start, and I'm confident that the drive will continue to take us higher so ultimately more lives can be saved through organ donation," said Dr. Brendan McCarthy, Medical Director for Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life program.

"For kidney recipients, a transplant makes a tremendous difference, as their quality of life improves considerably over that offered by dialysis," said Dr. David Rush, Medical Director, Manitoba Renal Transplant Program. "We are all grateful for the support Manitoba continues to show for organ donation."

After achieving record-breaking numbers on the first day of the site being live, Transplant Manitoba is hoping that the giving nature of Manitobans will help them see a target of 100,000 registered by this time next year.

Those looking for information to help make a decision about organ and tissue donation before registering can find it on the website.

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