PlusLife bone and tissue bank wants to hear stories from donors and recipients

NEDLANDS-BASED PlusLife, Perth’s bone and tissue bank, is calling for donors, recipients and donor families to tell their stories to help raise awareness about the benefits that tissue and bone donations can bring.

PlusLife Managing Director Anne Cowie said one tissue donor could improve the wellbeing, sight and mobility of up to 60 people.

Ms Cowie said many people did not realise tissue donation was even possible.

“The personal stories and experiences of both tissue donors and recipients help us to share PlusLife’s important message, as well as raising awareness and educating the community about this important health service,” she said.

“We want heartfelt stories to inspire others to donate and make tangible differences to the everyday lives of recipients.”

PlusLife bone and tissue transplants are required almost every day to treat patients with spinal deformities, young people with bone cancers, and many more patients with arthritic joint disease and sporting injuries.

The call coincides with the 2016 Tree Planting and Thanksgiving Ceremony – an annual event that recognises life-saving contributions made by donors.

The service was held on Sunday, October 23 at the Bendat Parent and Community Centre, Wembley, organised by the WA Heart and Lung Transplant Foundation and supported by PlusLife, DonateLife, DonorMate and the Town of Cambridge.Donor Families Australia will host a Thank You Day picnic to honour organ and tissue donors and their families at Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth on Sunday, November 20 from 11.30am-3pm.