Heroic Last Gift
By David J. Undis
February 27, 2007
According to your story, just 45% of the people in Alaska are
registered organ donors. I'll bet that 100% of the people in
Alaska would accept an organ transplant if they ever needed one.
Over half of the 95,000 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. LifeSharers has 7,909 members,
including 14 members in Alaska. Over 700 of our members are
minor children enrolled by their parents.
David J. Undis
Received February 25, 2007 - Published February 27, 2006
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- There are 95,000
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his final and generous wish to be an organ donor. -
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