Did you know that you are capable of making a huge difference in someone’s life, possibly even saving it, with very little effort on your part? You’ve probably been asked if you want to be an organ donor from the DMV, and it’ll show up on your driver’s license if you are, but did you know that there are other ways you can become a donor? It’s perhaps the greatest legacy you can leave behind. We recently celebrated National Donor Day on Feb. 14, but it’s something you can choose to do at any point in your life. Read on to find out how you can make a difference by becoming a donor too.
Why Become a Donor?
Everyday, 20 people in the United States die while waiting for an organ transplant. But, did you know that one deceased donor can save up to eight lives? It’s pretty amazing if you think about it. One body has so many gifts to give after passing on, including these vital organs.
- Two Lungs
- Two Kidneys
Types of Donors
There are many ways you can become a lifesaving donor. Check out all the ways you can help someone in need.
- Blood and Marrow Donor – Everyday blood and marrow are needed to save the lives of sick and injured patients. By participating in a blood or marrow drive, you can easily become a living donor and share the gift of life as often as you’d like. Click here to find a blood and marrow drive near you today!
- Tissue Donor – Unlike organ donations, which have to be transplanted almost immediately, tissue donations can be stored for up to five years for use when they are needed. Different types of tissues that can be donated include:
- Heart Valves
- Eye Donor – Give the gift of sight! You can choose to have your corneas donated to help restore sight for up to two people!
- Kidney Donor – There are living organ donors too! Some of the organs that can be donated to save a life, while you are still living include the following.
- Partial Liver
- Partial Lung
- Partial Pancreas
- Partial Intestine
- Organ Donor – Registering to become an organ donor after your death can help you save up to eight lives and leave a legacy that will last forever.
Just about anyone over the age of eighteen can choose to become a donor. However, those younger than 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian. It’s truly the most precious gift you could ever give someone. Get registered today!