Are you signed up to be an organ donor? Having this designation on your driver license will let others know that you want your organs and other body tissues given to someone in need when you die. Some people have religious or personal reasons for not wanting to donate their organs, and that’s totally fine. But if you’re among the 55% of Americans who aren’t signed up and you haven’t decided yet, maybe some of the following facts will help you make the choice.
Organ Donation StatisticsEvery 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. Many people have found themselves in critical need of a new organ, including famous people like Tracy Morgan, Steve Jobs, and former Vice President Dick Cheney. They were lucky to receive life-saving transplants in time. Every day, 18 people on that list die while waiting for an available organ to be transplanted.
How You Can Help
Practically anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, even infants and senior citizens! There is always a demand for kidneys, livers, hearts, and other vital organs. Simply enroll in your state’s registry when you’re applying for (or renewing) your driver’s license or sign up online. If you’re under 18, discuss your choice with your family. Minors need parental permission to volunteer as organ donors.
What Happens to Donors
If you decide to potentially save lives by becoming an organ donor, you should feel confident in that decision. Rest assured that if you get sick or injured, doctors will do absolutely everything possible to try to save you before collecting your organs. Your family won’t have to pay any fees associated with the organ transplant, and your body will not be disfigured. If organ donation sounds like the right choice for you, register! Thank you for the selfless commitment to saving the lives of people in need.