You Can Save 50 People by Signing Your Name
March 30, 2015
March 30, 2015
Today nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States; and thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight. Between 2011-2012, only 28,000 of the 118,000 people on the transplant list received an organ donation – that is less than half of the people that were in need of a donation.
April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM), which encourages Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. Despite the incredible advances in the healthcare industry, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation. Here are seven reasons why you should become a donor:
Approximately 20 patients will die each day waiting for an organ. More needs to be done to educate people on the benefits of becoming an organ donor and how to become one. This discussion does not have to be morbid. Chris Barry, M.D., transplant surgeon and TEDxFlourCity speaker, suggests that organ donation should be discussed at yearly primary care appointments, when signing a health proxy or a will, or getting married.
There are obstacles that prevent our society from realizing its true potential to help others through organ donation and these must be surmounted in order to save the lives of thousands of people. To learn more and sign up to be an organ donor visit donatelife.net.