Consider being an organ donor.
How does a person become a donor?
- Register with a State Donor Registry by going to http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/index.html
- Designate that you are a donor on your driver's license
- Carry a signed donor card from OrganDonor.gov
- Put it in writing so that it is clear what you want
- Tell your family of your wishes-if they don't know, the organs may not be donated
- If you are under 18, you can tell your wishes to donate to your parents or guardians and they will pass that along if you should die
Take a look at the waiting list for donors needed (gray line) and the number of actual donors (green line)....
- Did you know that there are almost 124,000 people waiting for an organ to be donated?
- 18 people will die every day because they didn't have a donor
- There are 2500 heart transplants done every day, and it could be more if there were enough donors
- One organ donor can save up to 8 lives
- More than 100 million people have signed up to become donors
What can be donated??
Whole organs, such as the heart, kidney, liver, lungs, intestine, and pancreas: There is research taking place in Type 1 Diabetes that uses the pancreas.
Tissues, including bone, cartilage, cornea, fascia, heart valves, ligaments, pericardium (heart lining), tendons, veins, and skin for grafting are all needed.
Bone marrow and blood can be donated by living donors. Learn about it here:
Here are some common myths about organ donation explained by the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/consumer-health/in-depth/organ-donation/art-20047529?pg=1