Giving continued … organ donation

Here is my short and sweet, top 5 reasons to be an organ donor.

1.  Without sounding too much like Whitney Houston, life is the greatest gift of all.  I am actually tone deaf so the only time we ever sounded alike was probably when she was screaming at Bobby Brown for ruining her life.

2. One body can save or improve the lives of over 50 people.

3.  About 100,000 people are waiting for organs right now.  Many of them are children and young adults.

4.  You can’t take it with you and you may get hit by a truck tomorrow.  And I mean that in the nicest way possible.

5.  You’ve seen CSI.  Even if you could take it with you, after a couple of days, believe me, you wouldn’t want to.

How do you become an organ donor?  You can click here and depending on your state’s requirements, complete an on-line or mail-in registration.  You can specify which organs you would like to donate. Or, you can simply make it very clear to your family and/or your health care proxy that you would like your organs donated in the event of your death.  If you are worried that doctors will not try as hard to save your life or that they will take your organs before you are actually dead, put that concern out of your head.  That will not happen.  Decisions and discussion about organ donation are made ONLY after everything has been done to try to save your life.  Also, all the major religions in the country support organ donation as one of the most powerful manifestations of love and generosity.  So, if you think you are going to hell, it is not going to be because you donated your organs.

You can also be a living donor as there are parts of your body that you can live without. This requires an unbelievable amount of kindness and giving and takes it to a whole new level.  If you are thinking about it, go to www.donatelife.org to get more information.  I am now starting to babble but don’t forget about donating blood … you get free juice and cookies.

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