#TipsonTuesday: How to Become an Organ Donor
The National Organ Donor Registry
Organ donations save lives. According to Donate Life organ donor statistics, in the US in 2013, over 14,000 organ donors left hearts, kidneys, livers, eyes, skin tissue, bone marrow, and more that were successfully transplanted to more than 28,000 patients who desperately needed them. Because of the heroic final actions of organ donors, others have the chance at making new memories with friends and loved ones. If you are interested in continuing a legacy of charity and service to others after your death, you might want to consider how to become an organ donor.
Register to Become an Organ Donor
The National Organ Donor Registry makes it simple for anyone to register to become an organ donor. Begin by choosing the state in which you live and registering your personal information. You should receive a confirmation with additional information when the process is complete.
It does not matter if you have existing medical conditions or a history of illness, you can register as an organ donor, and doctors will evaluate the condition of your organs when the time comes. If you have a heart condition, for example, you may still be able to donate your eyes, liver, lung tissue, or kidney for healthy organ transplants. Registering to become an organ donor ensures your best chance of helping to save others’ lives after you pass away.
Show “Organ Donor” on Your Driver’s License
One of the easiest ways to identify to health professionals, family, and law enforcement that you are a registered organ donor is to have the organ donation symbol appear on your driver’s license. The US Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) makes it easy to update your license to reflect your wish you become an organ donor. You can visit your local DMV to register as an organ donor and receive a new license immediately, or you can visit the national DMV website to register with your state DMV. You will receive additional information about how to update your license from your state DMV.
Tell Your Family and Friends
When a loved one passes away, many people become overwhelmed with decision-making in the face of grief. If your family and friends are not aware of your desire to be an organ and tissue donor, they may make decisions about your remains based on their own feelings rather than your wishes. Update your Last Will and Testament, or host a Death Dinner with your loved ones to make sure that everyone is aware of your final wishes. If being an organ donor and helping others is important to you, your friends and loved ones want to know how they can support your act of charity.
The heroic actions of organ donors make a difference in the lives of others. While 12 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant, every 10 minutes another person registers to become an organ donor. Organ donation continues a legacy of charity, generosity, and selflessness. Because of organ donors, new life is given and the world made a better place. Consider how to be an organ donor, and keep giving even after you’re gone.
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