Make a Difference: How to Be an Organ Donor

Make a Difference: How to Be an Organ Donor

Signing up to be helpful is just a few clicks away. And you may save a life.

Each year thousands of people benefit from receiving an organ transplant in the U.S. According to the American Transplant Foundation (ATF) almost 114,000 individuals in the country are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant. And that number is growing.  Another name is added to the list every 10 minutes, and numerous people die each day because they can’t receive what they need.

While you can’t live without your vital parts, becoming an organ donor is a generous way to leave a legacy behind.

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How can you help? The ATF states that after death many body parts can be of use. Your heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, small intestines and pancreas can all be donated, as can your skin, heart valves, veins, tendons bones, ligaments and corneas.

In fact, the corneas are the most commonly transplanted tissue, with more than 40,000 transplants occurring in the U.S each year.

So, act now. While most of us don’t wish to imagine moments beyond our living time, signing up to be a donor is easy.  If you are in good health, you can be of great help. It’s a generous way to leave a legacy. As OrganDonor.gov states, the good in you can live on.

Sign up to be an organ donor by clicking here. Choose your state and click through to register. Chances are good that someone and they’re family will be very thankful you did.

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