Officials encourage New Brunswickers to become organ and tissue donors

The Horizon Health Network is encouraging New Brunswickers to make or renew their commitment to organ and tissue donation.

This week marks National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week across the country.

Horizon says about 4,600 Canadians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant – including over 250 New Brunswickers – and many more are waiting for tissue transplants.

Officials say an organ donor can save as many as eight lives, while a tissue donor may improve the quality of life for up to 75 people.