Did you know that over 1600 Canadians are added to organ wait lists each year?
Did you know that 90% of Canadians support organ and tissue donation but less than 25% have made plans to donate?
When one person registers to be an organ and tissue donor, that donation can benefit more than 75 people and save up to 8 lives.
It is this important issue that Cayse Ruiter is drawing attention to during his 8,000 kilometer cross-Canada solo bike trip. Embarking on a campaign called Outlive Yourself to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation, Cayse set out from Tofino, BC and will cycle to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
On Saturday, July 13, Cayse passed through Ottawa. Alive to Strive joined him for a ride along the Rideau Canal to show our support for his cause. Several other local organizations joined the ride including Craig Dunbar of Kidney4craig and Helene Campbell of Give2live. Around 40 people joined him for the ride from Ottawa City Hall to Hog’s Back Park. Helene and Cayse led the group along the scenic route.
Once at Hog’s Back Park, Cayse shared with the other riders his inspiration for embarking on this journey. His good friend, Matthew, spent nearly 5 months waiting for a life-saving heart transplant. Sadly, he passed away this past December, 2012, before an organ became available. Cayse spoke about the difficulty of his passing, but that from this tragedy rose a chance to do something to ensure this situation does not happen to others. As Cayse so beautifully said, we have the power to change this by giving as generously in death as we do in life.
You can read about our ride with Cayse along the Rideau Canal on the Outlive Yourself blog.
As of July 16, Cayse has reached Montreal and biked over 5700 kilometers. Keep it up, Cayse! We’re cheering for you all the way to St. John’s!
To register to be an organ donor, visit Be a Donor.