Sunday, February 14, 2010

Have a Heart this Valentine's Day- Be an Organ Donor

This Valentine’s Day, I urge you to think about one of the greatest acts of love you can perform- organ donation.

Today is National Organ Donor Day, begun by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners to raise awareness about organ donation and to encourage people to sign up as donors.

Here are some startling statistics: As of February 10, 2010 there were 105, 611 individuals on the organ transplant waiting list, but only 13, 327 registered donors. It is estimated that 19 people die every day due to a lack of donated organs.

But not only organ can be donated. Tissue, including parts of the eye, ear, heart, skin and bones are all usable. Stem cells, bone marrow, blood and platelets are also important donations. Young and old alike can donate, as well as people with chronic illnesses.

Most religions support organ donation, and it can often help a grieving family deal with the loss of a loved one if they know another life can be saved. Most states have an official organ donor program, and/or a place on your driver’s license to indicate you are a donor. The most important way to ensure your donation wishes are followed is to let your family and loved ones know. Often they will make the decision in case of death.

To find out more about organ donation and to download a donor card, start here. It could save a life.


  1. I'm a donor! I've thought about getting on the bone marrow list too - but I'll need to research it.

  2. I'm a donor :-) Have been for several years now....


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