The human body is a wondrous thing. It has an extraordinary capacity to heal itself, but its powers are not limitless. There are some things that the body cannot do by itself. As of yet, modern medicine doesn’t provide the sole means to support the healing process of the body, and it also has its own limitations. Medical advances are made every day, but still more needs to be discovered and developed. Every individual can do something to significantly impact another’s well-being. Organ donation is a priceless contribution that both living and deceased individuals can offer to others in distress. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants every day. Another approximate 21 people die waiting for a transplant daily. We can do something to close that gap. Organ donation is one way to leave a living legacy and help others live a rich, fulfilling life.
Anyone Can Donate
Anyone can become a donor. Age or medical history doesn’t limit one from signing up as an organ and tissue donor. Most religions think of organ donation as a final act of love. No cost is incurred to become a donor. It is an easy process to join the list.
How to Become a Donor
Talking about becoming a donor isn’t enough. Of primary importance is signing up as an organ and tissue donor at your state’s donor registry. In addition, it is also beneficial to:
- Update your driver’s license with your decision
- Share your choice with loved ones
- Inform your doctor and any leader of your faith
- Update your living will or final will with the information
In order to donate, visit Becoming a Donor. It is a simple matter to register, but an absolutely necessary step.
Your donation can save up to 8 lives. People at all ages and from all walks of life are waiting for an organ. Approximately 1,911 children are awaiting a transplant. There are children barely a year old that may not make it to their second birthday. Wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, and life partners are affected by the availability of a suitable match. Our connections make life worth living and they can be tragically severed far too soon. We sometimes forget in the midst of our daily lives that we have the capacity to touch others and change lives for the better. It is a tremendous thought and an amazing gift. You can give hope and a chance to dream of a future once again. Anne Frank stated, “[h]ow wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” The clock is ticking. Let’s make a difference.