Friday, March 28, 2008

New Life

Since it's spring, and we've just celebrated Easter, I thought I'd give a little plug today to new life of a different kind.  Organ donation.

I can  only recall one person I've known before who had an organ transplant, but it just so happens that right now I specifically know of three people who are waiting for new organs. One liver, one heart, and two lungs.  They can't wait much longer.  It's not that these folks need someone to die in order for them to have a chance at life.  The fact is that healthy organs may well be buried today that could have given them that chance.  One life, already lost, could have saved all three. What these folks need is for someone to make their wishes known to someone who will pass along this incredibly precious gift.  

Have you made your wishes known?  Do it today!  Check your driver's license to make sure you've been identified as a donor. Mention it again to your loved ones.  Go to this site about organ donation if you need more information to think about.  Someday, even though it's hopefully a long way off, somebody, and their family, might be forever grateful.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Over half of the 98,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.