RE: From Nuisance Moose to
by David J. Undis
June 20, 2004
HB 337, which establishes an organ donor registry in Alaska,
will save lives by making it easier to become an organ donor.
Unfortunately, there aren't enough people willing to be donors
in the first place. Americans bury or cremate half of the organs
that could save lives and relieve suffering. Thousands of their
neighbors die needlessly every year as a result.
The solution to the organ shortage is simple -- if you don't
agree to donate your organs when you die, then you go to the
back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ to live.
A grass-roots group of organ donors called LifeSharers is making
this idea a reality one member at a time.
LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors. Members
agree to donate their organs when they die, and they give fellow
members "first dibs" on their organs. This creates
a pool of organs available first to members. The existence of
this pool gives other people an incentive to sign donor cards
and join the network, and this incentive grows stronger as the
Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed
to donate theirs can join LifeSharers at http://www.lifesharers.com.
Membership is free.
LifeSharers has 2,343 members in 49 states and the District of
Columbia, including 5 members in Alaska.
David J. Undis
Nashville, TN - USA
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