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Garden symbolizes organ donations

“The Garden of Life,” which is located in front of La Verendrye Hospital here, has been put to rest for the winter after a summer of reminder and enjoyment to those who passed by or took some time to sit and enjoy the peacefulness and beauty.

“The Garden” was the dream of Patti-Jo Reid, herself a liver recipient, to symbolize the chance of new life through the kindness and selflessness of those who choose to donate their organs.

It is a visual reminder of the importance of the need for registered organ and tissue donors.

Requesting your consent is easy. Even if you have signed a donor card in the past, it is important to register you consent with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s health card database.

You can do this when you renew your photo health card or by completing and mailing in the consent form, which can be obtained at or by calling 1-800-263-2833.

Do not rule yourself out because of age or possible illness. Register your consent and let the health-care professionals decide.

One individual donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 others through the donation of tissue.

“The Garden” is funded by donations. One of the ways of supporting it financially is by giving in memoriams.

This can be done through Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., designating “The Garden” as where you wish your donation to go.

An acknowledgement will be sent to the family and you will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

Besides financial support, “The Garden” would not be possible without the hours put in by the volunteers in planting and maintenance throughout the summer.

Happy memories of Patti-Jo are shared as we work.

Her cousin, Tammy McCabe, kindly has agreed to take over the leadership. Her knowledge and love of gardening will be a great asset.

Many thanks to Hammond’s Nursery and all the volunteers who helped this past year to keep “The Garden” flourishing.

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