Each and every day, more and more people are impacted and affected by the issue of organ and tissue donation. There are people suffering from the loss of a loved one. On the other hand, there are also people rejoicing from their own life or the life of a loved one being saved by an organ or tissue transplant. Then, there are those facing the seemingly endless wait.
Earlier this week, UNOS posted that the national transplant waiting list has now crossed 100,000. Every 16 minutes a new name is being added to this list while 18 people die each waiting with their hopes unanswered.
When I first started managing Donate Life Illinois in fall of 2006, 94,000 people were waiting. I’m sure there are plenty of others in the transplant community that have been around long enough to recall when the national waiting list was around 20,000 in 1990.
It’s a call for action. It’s a call for everyone to continue sharing their stories, to continue connecting with each other, to continue blogging about the crucial importance of this issue. Most important, it’s a call to action for all of us to help save lives by registering as donors.
This week, I caught up on a few different people whose lives are currently impacted by the issue of organ donation. Please hop over to visit their blogs and check out their posts.
Moreena – As we speak, she received a call today about a possible liver transplant for her daughter Annika. Their family has been battling a long, long wait process down near Bloomington.
Sammy – Another Illinois resident who has seemingly overcome unbeatable odds and received a multiple organ transplant to rid her body of cancer.
Point being, let’s keep fighting the good fight together to spread the word about organ donation and encouraging others to register.