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A Post-Earth Day Plea

Following yesterday’s Earth Day celebrations, I want to mention another way to give back to the earth and humanity—organ donation. I know I just blogged on this, but really, one cannot say too much on this subject. Here are some facts about organ donation:

  • There is a huge shortage of donated organs.
  • Someone is added to the organ donor waiting list every 10 minutes.
  • Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for a donated organ.
  • More than 16,000 people are on the liver transplant list waiting for a donated organ.
  • Anyone can donate an organ, regardless of age, race, or medical history (minors need to have permission from parent or guardian; although anyone can donate, not all organs are suitable for transplantation).
  • All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation and see it as a compassionate gift.
  • If you are a potential organ donor, saving your life is still the medical priority.
  • Organ donors may still have an open casket funeral.
  • There is no cost to the donor or family for organ donation.

For more information, visit DonateLife

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