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The Time to Donate Life is Now

The Time to Donate Life is Now

When you read about organ donation, two facts jump out at you right away:

  • one organ donor can save up to eight lives
  • 18-20 people in the U.S. die each day waiting for an organ

That’s powerful incentive to donate. April is Donate Life Month. If you haven’t already registered to be a donor, why not do it now?

Who can register to donate?
People of all ages can register to donate. Those under age 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s consent.

More than 94 million people in the U.S. are 50 years of age and over. If the majority of people in this age group signed up to be organ donors, many more lives would be saved.

Does it cost me anything to be an organ donor?
No. There is no cost to donors or their families.

I have a health condition… can I still register to be an organ donor?
People with certain medical conditions, like HIV, active infections, or active cancer would be ruled out as donors for all or some organs but, in general, you do not have to be in perfect health. Organs are evaluated at the time of death to determine which organs and/or tissues can be safely donated.

How do I sign up?
It’s easy and doesn’t take long. Visit OrganDonor.gov, choose your state, and follow the instructions. Carry a donor card in your wallet, and be sure to tell family members of your decision so there is no confusion upon your death. In many states, you can make the designation on your driver’s license.

Did you know…

  • Organ donors can be deceased or living.
  • Deceased donors can provide six types of organs: kidney, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart and intestines.
  • Deceased donors also can provide tissues (such as bones, skin, heart valves and veins) and corneas.
  • Living donors can provide a kidney or a portion of the liver, lung or intestine and in some instances, eyes and tissues.

If you’ve been considering becoming an organ donor and just haven’t gotten around to it yet, why wait? Please take the time to Donate Life now.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Related reading: Lift Ban on HIV Infected Organ Transplants? HIV Patients Want Access

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3:35PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

I think there is a need but should be thought out.

3:43PM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

No one asked me I asked and all I had to do was sign up when I redid drivers liscence.. But I did not know about blood donation/plasma so will check into that. I'd love knowing my death may help others to live a better life.

1:53AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

I've been registered to donate organs for years. I figure if I'm dead, why do I need it? Anyway, I feel better knowing that my brain isn't going to be studied for alien research... lol. Ok, kidding about the aliens, serious about the brain.

Anyway, I'm also registered with the Blood Center also, to be a bone marrow donor, if the need arises. Donate blood, your donation can save up to 3 people's lives, and it also helps clean your system.

6:04AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Close abortion mills and save millions of lives - oops - forgot its our right to kill babies

12:37AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

Organ donation in India is in infant stage as 99% next of kin and relatives of people who are brain dead or just died are still emotionally attached to the body. There is an organisation called SHATAYU meaning "live for hundred years". I have registered myself with them and have donated all parts of my body on my final departure from this world. The organisation has a website www.shatayu.org.in & email is info@shatayu.org.in. Request fellow indian members of CARE to do the same.

3:47AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:24PM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

I have never understood why some people choose not to help save the lives of others. --If I have no use for one of my organs (or many of my organs) and another person or other people needs/need my organ(s) to save his or her life or quality of life, to me there is no question as to what to do. --If people could think of the situation as being that they themselves or one of their loved ones needs an organ in order to live, I believe he/she would not have any problem realizing the right action to take.

7:43AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

thanks for sharing.

12:10AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

I am an organ donor but must admit I am somewhat "creeped out" by the thought of having my body cut up by callous strangers.
I sometimes see those TV shows about cops, medical examiners, etc., where the deceased is, like, NOTHING... they chat about movies, kids and where to get lunch as the poor guy's lying there... there seems to be NO respect; nobody seems even remotely freaked out or appropriately saddened about this whole, wonderful person, this GALAXY of intelligence, personality, memories, skills and talents, hopes and dreams, all snatched away to ...to where?... by that terrible twist of fate, that awful auto accident, that stray bullet... Nope, it's just ho-hum, another day, another stiff.

I absolutely hate the idea of being treated that way and not being able to do a damn thing about it. But I'm still an organ donor because it's a wonderful gift and I'd sure want someone to do that for me if I needed it.

5:25PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

A close relative died suddenly and his organs provided life for 8 people one Christmas Day. Sign up to be an organ donor.

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