Help will come too late for many of the 106,759 Americans awaiting donation on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network waiting list.
April is National Donate Life Month, honoring those individuals and their families who have elected to donate organs, tissue, blood, and marrow in an effort to save or enhance the lives of others, and to encourage more people to follow their example.
We owe a special debt of gratitude to those selfless individuals and their families who have, even in their own sorrow, acted to ease someone else’s suffering and save lives.
A little over five years ago, my family suffered the loss of one of our own at age 52. Her forethought in filling out an organ donation card resulted in either saving or improving the lives of eight strangers. Nothing can ever make up for the tragic loss of a loved one, but through her death came renewed hope for other families.
As of April 5, 2010, there were 106,759 people waiting for an organ for transplant, and approximately 35,000 children and adults in our country have life-threatening blood diseases that could be treated by a marrow/blood stem cell or cord blood transplant. There is an urgent need for donors in the United States and for certain minority and ethnic groups in particular.
If you are already a donor please take the next step and become a donation advocate — help spread the word by:
Pondering our own mortality is not always easy or pleasant, but the fact is that we can help others even after we’ve gone. One organ or tissue donor can save many lives and registering is simple. A few things to keep in mind:
If you are considering becoming a donor, now is as good a time as any to take the next step and make it official. I’m an organ donor. Are you?
Organ Donor Information and Resources
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