Are you registered to be an organ donor?
According to organdonor.gov 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation but only 48% are donors and of those only 3 out of 1,000 pass away in a manner that allows for organ donation. There are over 119,000 men, women and children on the National Transplant waiting list and every 10 minutes another person is added. In 2015, organdonor.gov states 30,970 transplants were performed and the numbers are on the rise. Approximately 22 people lose their battle to various illnesses while waiting on the transplant list each day. You can help by registering to be an organ donor and talking with friends and family about organ donation.
Maybe you don’t know anyone effected by transplant. Or….maybe you do! I used to think that it didn’t affect anyone I knew. I was very wrong! A former staff member at our local elementary donated a kidney to his family member. My dear friend, actually I claim her as my baby sister, Heather’s aunt is the recipient of a kidney generously gifted by an organ donor. My neighbors friend is alive thanks to a heart generously given by yet another organ donor. One of my Facebook friend’s youngest son had a multi organ transplant. And finally one of my BFF’s, Carol is waiting for a liver. It’s all around you! You just aren’t aware of it!
You can make a difference!
Click here to go to organdonor.gov and register to be an organ donor. Then talk about it with your family so they know what your wishes are should something tragic happen! Talk with your friends so they know as well. Help get the word out. And the next time you’re smiling for your new driver’s license photo be sure to update your driver’s license too.
My BFF, Carol is getting her liver ! Stay tuned to follow the story… better yet subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out!