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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Gift of Life! - BlogCatalog Community Organ Donation Awareness Campaign

Donors Needed! In Australia, more than 1,700 people are waiting for organ transplants. In Latin America, more than 50,000. In Europe and the United States, more than 95,000. In China, more than 2 million. In Africa, there isn'’t enough organization to really know. Without an organ transplant, these people will die.

Organ donation is a gift of life. We can save lives!

"Don't think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It's really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive." - Author Unknown

You have the ability to enhance and even save the lives of countless transplant recipients by becoming an organ and tissue donor.

Check out what you can do from any of these sites:
http://www.organdonor.gov
http://www.organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm
http://www.unos.org
http://matchingdonors.com

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." - John Wooden

“Why should someone have to risk their life to donate an organ? If enough people were organ donors there would be no need for living donor surgery....” - Karen Randall, liver recipient, Georgia

Do you know that you can carry a donation card with you to give hope to others when you leave this world? On such card, you can opt to donate only certain organs or any needed organs.

This is indeed an opportunity for you to make a difference!

Photo by Henry Chen taken from this source

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10 comments:

Titus-Armand said...

I appreciate the intention of this post. It's good to see that some people are trying to increase awareness on such important issues.

jennifer said...

Excellent post.

I think organ donations are one of the most amazing and yet easiest ways to give ...

It is the gift of life... so amazing that we even have this opportunity!

Great post Sam

Jen

Dave Undis said...

Over half of the 97,000 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 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.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Titus-Armand,
Yes I agree with you that this campaign is good. It can help to increase awareness of what organ donor can do to bring goodness to those who is waiting for the hope.

Thanks for your valuable comments.

Best wishes.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks. Indeed, it is the greatest gift with this opportunity to leave something precious and giving somebody the hope when we leave this world.

Best wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Dave Undis,

Thanks for adding more resources to this post!

Giving organs first (maybe when donor choose that option) to organ donors is indeed a wonderful idea. That could definitely encourage more donors.

Best Wishes

J@n!ce said...

if I get it correctly, in my country, organ 'donation' is automatically done in the event of death. Unless we opt out :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Janice,

Thanks for the information. Now only I know that Singapore have this law. Well, hopefully this organ donor campaign will change the mind of those that had opt out or feel reluctant about it.

Thanks for your continuous support. Best wishes.

J@n!ce said...

Sam, some opt out due to religion restrictions :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Janice,
I think those that opt out because of their own interpretation or understanding of their religious teaching. It may not be due to religion restrictions.

Thanks for information, Janice.