Leafs support organ donor drive

SARAH GREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

The Leafs topped the scoreboard Monday night, but the real winners of the game may be more than 1,750 men, women and children in Ontario waiting for an organ transplant.

Thousands of brochures and donor cards were handed out by the Trillium Gift of Life Network at Monday's game to raise awareness about organ donation.

Ushers wore symbolic green ribbons and an announcement by Leafs star Darcy Tucker urged the 18,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre to share with their families their wishes about organ donation.

"For the Leafs to stand behind organ donation, it sends a message to their fans," said Frank Markel, Trillium's president and CEO. "I heard one man say, 'Oh yes, organ donation, that's a great cause.'"

POSTERS

Trillium also handed out 5,000 posters featuring former Leafs captains Rick Vaive, Darryl Sittler and Wendel Clark.

"We've talked to our families about organ donation. Have you?" the poster reads.

The poster can be downloaded from Trillium's website at giftoflife.on.ca.

Markel said Monday's initiative was the beginning of a long partnership between Trillium and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

There will be a similar awareness night at a Raptors game next month.

Every three days, someone dies waiting for an organ in Ontario. Of those waiting for a transplant, 1,092 are men, 658 are women and 27 are children.


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