Canadian Jewish News | Sheri Shefa
TORONTO — Khaled Khatib was 13 years old when his brother was accidentally shot and killed by an Israeli soldier.
In 2005, the story of 11-year-old Ahmed Khatib, who was killed while playing with an imitation Uzi during a raid in Jenin, made international headlines when his parents decided to donate their son’s organs to Israelis who were in desperate need of transplants.
George Marcello, founder of Step By Step, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about the importance of registering as an organ and tissue donor, has made the Khatibs the focus of his Torch of Life campaign in hopes of inspiring people to register to become potential donors.
Torch of Life is a province-wide campaign to register more than one million Ontarians as organ and tissue donors.
Ontario has one of the lower organ donor registry rates in the world at only 21 per cent.
The campaign’s 75-city tour, which kicked off in Kenora on March 2, has been led by Khaled, now 20, who has been working with Marcello to raise awareness about the thousands of Canadians whose lives depend on receiving a transplant.
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