The first time anyone gets a driver’s license they are asked if they would like to become an organ donor without a lot of time or information to think of their response. This leads them to go with a gut reaction of “yes” or “no.” This can lead to the thought of being able to go back and sign up in the future, which sadly doesn’t always happen. Here is some information about the importance of being an organ donor which are not always shared.
Becoming an organ donor is an amazing way anyone can impact the lives of others. Currently there are more than 114,000 people needing an organ transplant and this number grows about every ten minutes. Organ transplants save 30,000 lives every year in the United States and this number relies on organ donors. Do you need more convincing why you should become an organ donor? Here are some more reasons:
Every year the organ transplant list grows faster than the number of transplants being performed which translates to longer wait times for those in need of a transplant. By becoming a donor, you can help to reduce these wait times and literally save lives.
The Department of Health and Human Services completed a study which estimated roughly 95% of American adults support organ donation however only 54% of them are signed up. This deficit between donors and adults who support organ donation can easily be fixed by quickly signing up.
Signing up to become an organ donor is as easy as checking a box when you register or renew your driver’s license! If you don’t want to wait, you can also go to organdonor.gov to register which only takes about 5 minutes!
One organ donor can save as many as 60 lives by donating a variety of organs! Although many people think of organ donations as being limited to internal organs such as hearts, kidneys and livers, a wide variety of tissues and corneas can be donated as well.
Anyone has the opportunity to be a hero and not only save but transform the lives of others by signing up to be an organ donor. By signing up to be an organ donor and sharing your status with others, the organ waiting list can start to decrease in length and more lives can be saved.
-Davis Hoover, Alexander’s Hope Intern