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National Donor Day

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 12, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074“National Donor Day” by Linda Martin Andersen

My Motto for Today:  Good information.  Pass it on!

  • A friend shared this announcement on Facebook.  To learn more check this website:

http://www.giftofhope.org/

  • This same friend recently posted this newspaper article on Facebook.  Thanks, Mona!

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-organ-transplant-years-saved-20150129-story.html.

Here are some of the share lines from the Los Angeles Times article:

  • Organ donors’ generosity added 2,270,859 years to the lives of transplant recipients, study says
  • Heart transplant patients got an extra 4.9 years of life, on average, thanks to organ donors
  • Study shows that kidney and pancreas transplants don’t merely extend lives, they save them.”

A fact from the article I’d like to emphasize:  ” All of this good news was tempered by one statistic, however: only 48% of patients sick enough to be put on the UNOS waiting list are able to get new organs, according to the study.”

If you’d like to know more about National Donor Day, check out these sites:

http://www.donoralliance.org/events/2015/2

Statistics: 

http://donatelife.net/statistics/

Today’s a great day to research organ, eye, tissue, and blood donation.   Need some general information?  Check here:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/organ-donation-facts

http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/index.html?gclid=CLHl8_LzysMCFdNj7Aodtw8AdA

Follow up with a family discussion.  Kids:  What are your questions?  Adults:  What are yours?  Consider having a follow-up discussion in a few days or a week.  It takes time to process serious information.

Now what?

Please leave a comment.  Come again soon and bring a friend.

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

 

 

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12 Responses to “National Donor Day”

  1. Janis Silverman said

    This is vitally important. I know several people living well after transplant. There is a shortage of organs in some places in the U.S.. We can allhelp.

    Janis

    • Janis,
      You are so right about the donor organ shortage. Recipients are blessed by transplants. I like that you say this leads to living well. Something so many of us take for granted. Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Steven Siemons said

    Thank you for reminding us of these life-giving opportunities!

  3. Dale and I have been organ donors for years and I’m thinking of giving my body to science. Good post, Linda. Love, Sarah

  4. Hi Linda, my week has run away on me again. Too much “real life” work to do. I’d rather be writing and painting. Anyway, I’m here now. And your message of organ donation is so vital and important. I think you should share your story as a post. I know it will encourage others. Hugs and Blessings 🙂

    • Tracy,
      I definitely agree that organ donation is important and vital. Thanks so much for your great suggestion to include our story. I will consider it. I’m willing when he is.

      I really like your new bunny art projects. Maybe this is your “Year of the Bunny.”

  5. Dear Linda,
    I am very glad that Scotty received a double lung transplant.

    Thankfulness!
    Love!
    Caring!

    Joan

  6. Kathleen said

    Organ donation is such a worthy cause! I know how much it has blessed your family 🙂

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