3 simple ways to make life-changing contributions to health care

There are a number of ways to make a lasting impact on the lives of people around us. Here are a few actions that you can take that can alter the future of Canadians with health-related issues:

  1. Sign your donor card. A simple gesture that goes a long way to save lives. With more than 4,000 Canadians waiting for organ transplants every year, having a conversation with your loved ones about the impact of being an organ donor is the first step.
  2. Give blood regularly. Simple and accessible, donating blood saves lives every day in Canada – it is used during surgeries, medical procedures, emergencies and cancer treatment. It takes just a few minutes to give blood and it can be done up to six times a year.
  3. Sign-up for a research study. Contribute to science by participating in research. There are various programs available across the country. For example, The Michael J. Fox Foundation has just launched its landmark brain health study, the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), in Canada to try to better understand the disease, who gets it, who doesn’t and why. Today, about six million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s, including 100,000 Canadians, a number expected to double by the year 2040 due to an aging population.

In Canada, this study follows people with and without Parkinson’s over time to learn more about how brain disease starts and changes to potentially find a cure. Find more information about the study or learn how to get involved at michaeljfox.org/ppmi

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