This Valentine’s Day Consider Becoming An Organ Donor

February 13, 2017

Right now, nearly 120,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list. It’s a list that quickly grows higher each year – every 10 minutes someone is added to the waiting list. While the list of organ donors climbs higher, it’s not at a speed that matches the need. Ninety-five percent of adults support organ donation, yet only 48% are actually signed up as donors. It’s time to give that latter number an uptick. 

This Valentine’s Day is also National Donor Day. Designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the day raises awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donation. 

Being an organ donor is something in which to take pride. You can help save lives and truly make a lasting difference. One organ donor can potentially save up to eight lives. Becoming an organ donor means you’re potentially offering someone on the waiting list a second chance at life; and for others, it’ll improve their quality of life as it means dependence on costly routine treatments to survive is ended. 

For an organ donor’s family, it could help comfort them in their loss. Losing a loved one is difficult, but many grieving families of organ donors take comfort in the fact their loss may help save or improve someone else’s life. When deciding to become an organ donor (or if you already are) it’s a good idea to discuss it with your family. Making your family aware of it will avoid confusion and offer comfort to them that your wishes are fulfilled. Perhaps you’ll even inspire them to also become one.

And don’t let the organ donation myths dissuade you. Donors can still have open casket funerals, organ donation doesn’t cost a donor’s family any money, and you’ll receive the best possible care regardless of organ donor status when hospitalized – donation is only considered after a patient has died.

Only 3 in 1,000 people die in a way that allows for organ donation. It’s why it’s critical to build the donor list as high as possible. Each day, 22 people will die waiting for a transplant.  

Become an organ donor to give the ultimate charitable gift: life.