Are you an organ donor?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Greenville Central

We had a benefit at my church this weekend to help a family who is going through a very difficult time. This gentlemen is recovering from a double lung transplant and they were sharing what a difficult ordeal it is when you receive an organ from another person. Now he is facing having to go through a kidney transplant because his kidneys have failed.

 

They were explaining the importance of being an organ donor and how there are so many people out there that are waiting to receive organs that are vital for them to continue life. We never really think about what a difference we can make in someone else's life whether it be by donating blood or organs. I donate blood as often as they will allow me to and I am also an organ donor. What about you? Do you actively participate in blood donations and are you a registered organ donor or do you disagree with it?

 

Angie - Connie Rice Admin

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Thank you for the information! I hope my organs are used, after I am finished with them.

I do not get to donate blood, I am banned for life by the Red Cross. When I was eightenn, I gave blood at a blood drive after a really bad day at work(Factory line.) My ALT level was up a some and my blood was discarded and sent a letter. Never tested high again, maybe just a bad day or bad reading.

 

June 30, 2008 11:42 AM
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Over half of the 99,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant.  Most of these deaths are needless.  Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year.  Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors.  It will also make the organ allocation system fairer.  People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers.  LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die.  Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88.  There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

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