Monday, April 27, 2015

April is Donate Life Month

Though I am often not a fan of a month for this cause or day for that cause, it is helpful in just reminding us of things we should be working on all year round. April is National Donate Life Month, and LifeSharers.org told me in their e-mail that they have a solution to the organ donation crisis that is causing needless loss of life.

April is Donate Life Month

I wanted to share an e-mail I received recently with all of you. 

Though I am often not a fan of a month for this cause or day for that cause, it is helpful in just reminding us of things we should be working on all year round.  April is National Donate Life Month, and LifeSharers.org told me in their e-mail that they have a solution to the organ donation crisis that is causing needless loss of life.

There is a need to create awareness regarding the critical shortage of organ donors, and the ease and benefits of being a donor, is vitally important.

Will you help get the message out? They asked.  My reply: Heck yeah, and so will other Citizenhunters!

I promptly called the number at the bottom of the e-mail and asked what can I do to help oh and by the way how in the world did you get my e-mail and why are you writing me? To which the nice voice on the other end of the line said.

"I don't know you from Eve. I contacted you because you're a member of the press in the hope you'd help spread the word about an easy way to save lives.

Lots of problems are hard to solve. The problem of people dying waiting for organ transplants is not. In the United States we bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year, which is more than enough to save the 8,000 people who die every year waiting for organ transplants.

I got involved in this because I was appalled at the terrible waste. Throwing away organs that could save your neighbors' lives is a terrible thing to do."

So he obviously knew someone who needed an organ or at one point did right?  No!  I was quite surprised and told him that I would gladly post the info on my blog and continue to research to understand the issue more.  So here goes:

FACT:  Over 100,000 people in the U.S. need an organ transplant.

FACT:  More than half of these individuals will die before an organ becomes available.

FACT:  In the time it will take for 8,000 of these people to die, over 20,000 organs will be thrown away:  cremated or buried with their owners.

I am Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers, a community of 12,000+ members who know that many of these needless deaths are preventable, and that there are easy ways to make a difference.  LifeSharers members have agreed to donate their organs upon their death, and to offer them first to other members.  In exchange, they receive priority access to the organs of other members when and if they need a transplant, improving the odds that an organ will be available in time of need.  This priority access could mean the difference between life and death.

By creating such a powerful incentive for non-donors to become donors, this reciprocity-based approach to organ donation has the potential to greatly increase the total pool of available organs.  And more donors means fewer people dying while waiting for transplants.

By rewarding those who agree to become donors, LifeSharers also creates a much more equitable system of organ transplant access. Someone who would throw away his organs rather than save a neighbor’s life has no moral claim to a life-saving organ from his neighbor.

And because the LifeSharers network is open to the very old and very young (parents may enroll their under-age children), the sick and healthy, and is free of charge, barriers to access are virtually eliminated.

In addition to addressing solutions to this crisis, I can provide important background regarding:

•       The growing need for organ donors
•       False perceptions regarding organ donations
•       Available ways to become an organ donor
•       Benefits of being a donor

KEY ORGAN DONATION FACTS:  WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

•       Over 6,000 Americans die every year while on the waiting list for a life-saving transplant -- one every 90 minutes.
•       Half of the organs that could be transplanted are buried or cremated instead.
•       The waiting list is growing 5 times as fast as the rate of organ donation.
•       You are more likely to need an organ transplant than you are to die in circumstances that permit the donation your organs.
•       No one is too old to be an organ donor.  People would rather live with an old organ than die waiting for a young one.
•       No one is too sick to be an organ donor.  Ongoing advances in medical science mean that an organ that may not be transplantable today may very well be so five, ten or more years from now.

Please contact me should you require further perspective on LifeSharers or on any story you may develop on the topic of organ donation.

Dave Undis
(615) 351-8622
daveundis@lifesharers.org
www.lifesharers.org

Daily News Citizen Hunter Columnist
About this blog
Flavia Colgan is an editorial board member of the Philadelphia Daily News. She served as chief of staff to Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor - the first woman and youngest ever to serve in the position - and also served as a member of Governor Ed Rendell's senior staff. She has been seen as a commentator on the Fox News Channel, and is known for TV series such as Miracle Quest (Travel Channel) and Extraordinary People (CBS). Flavia is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Politics PA, the Allentown Morning Call and the Daily News. Read Complete Bio


JUMP NOW TO...

  • Support & Defend
  • Take Action
  • Value Families
  • Watch for Flavia
  • Extraordinary People


    MIRACLE QUEST

    Did you miss seeing Miracle Quest on the travel channel? Or you saw it and can't get enough? Read more here.

  • And here's the PhillyFeed podcast I was on explaining the show.


  • What is CITIZEN HUNTER?
  • Call to Service: All are Welcome
  • Citi-Zen (Inspirations)
  • Flavia Colgan bio
  • Flavia's Daily News columns
  • Other pieces by Flavia
  • Flavia's HOOAH.COM profile
  • Flavia's MySpace page
  • Flavia on FaceBook
  • Articles on Flavia
  • Watch for Flavia
  • E-mail Flavia


    Blogroll

    Above Average Jane
    America's Hometown
    Altercation
    Attytood
    Beautiful Horizons
    BoingBoing
    Breitbart.com
    BuzzFlash
    Center for American Progress
    Crooks and Liars
    Cursor
    Daily Kos
    David Corn
    Drudge Report
    Eric Umansky
    Eschaton
    FAIR
    Faith in Public Life
    FireDogLake
    GrassrootsPA
    Huffington Post
    Instapundit
    Joe Scott: The Body Politic
    Justice and Journalism (USC Annenberg)
    KausFiles
    Kevin Sites
    Kiko's House
    Marc Cooper
    MaxSpeak
    Media Matters
    Michael Berube
    Michael Smerconish
    A Mom's Life
    Newshounds
    OpEd News
    Philadelphia Will Do
    Philly Future
    RS National Affairs Daily
    Raw Story
    Sirotablog
    Spot-On: Chris Nolan
    Slugger O'Toole
    Talk Left
    Talking Points Memo
    Think Progress
    TruthDig
    Washington Monthly
    Wonkette
    Young Turks

    Politics PA
    Political Wire

    News Sources

    Philly.com

    Associated Press
    Boston Globe
    Christian Science Monitor
    CNN
    Detriot Free Press
    International Herald Tribune
    LA Times
    Morning Call
    New York Post
    New York Times
    Opinion Journal
    Penn Live
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reuters
    San Francisco Chronicle
    USA Today
    Wall Street Journal
    Washington Post

    The Atlantic
    The Economist
    In These Times
    National Catholic Reporter
    Newsweek
    US News & World Report
    Vanity Fair

    MSNBC
    C-SPAN
    ESPN
    Online NewsHour
    BBC
    History Channel
    Discovery Channel

    Reach Flavia at flaviacolgan@aol.com.

    Flavia Colgan Daily News Citizen Hunter Columnist