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