These five steps will help you give the gift of life

Organ donors save and improve thousands of lives each year. In fact, one donor can affect as many as 50 people.

More than 116,000 people currently need life-saving organ transplants, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ organ donor website. Thanks to the generosity of donors, 79 people receive a transplant each day. However, the number of people who need donations is far greater than the number of available organs. In fact, as many as 18 people die every day waiting for a transplant.

The good news is that you can help. It’s easy. Just follow these five steps:

  1. Register with your state registry, if available.
  2. Designate your decision on your driver’s license.
  3. Talk to your loved ones so they understand your decision and are willing to carry out your wishes. They may be asked to provide information to a transplant team.
  4. Tell your physician that you would like to be an organ donor.
  5. Include your decision in your final arrangements and legal documents in your will.

Still unsure?

Many myths surround organ donation, making some people hesitant to register as a donor. These facts may clear up common misconceptions:

  • Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age, race or medical history.
  • All major religions in the U.S. support organ, eye and tissue donation, and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
  • If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
  • Open casket funerals are possible for donors. The entire process is treated with care, respect and dignity.
  • Donors and their family members pay nothing for organ and tissue donation.
  • Donor recipients are placed on a waiting list based on severity of illness, time spent waiting for an organ, blood type and other important medical information. Financial and/or celebrity status is not taken into consideration.

If you’d like more information on organ donation, please visit the Department of Human Services’ organ donor website, or Donate Life America.

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