National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

24 Apr

Greetings! Let’s have a little chat about Organ and Tissue Donation for tonight’s topic. For those of you who don’t already know, it is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. Did you know the following statistics:

  • it takes 4 donors a month to help someone with a blood disorder
  • 8 donors a week to help someone with leukemia
  • 5 donors to help a heart surgery patient
  • 50 donors to save a car accident victim

The need for donors is an ongoing need. If you sit for just a moment you will most likely be able to count a few people you know that have recently been in a situation that needs a blood donation. Cancer patients, surgery patients, transplant patients, car accident victims and so many more.

I will be truthful, I have not yet been brave enough to become a blood donor myself, but, recent personal events have encouraged me to overcome my deep-seated fear of needles to call and commit to making an appointment with the local Canadian Blood Services office to make a donation. My rationale is that if people who need these donations can bravely survive their serious medical troubles, I can surely get up the gusto to get over my fear and give a little help.

How about organ donation, have you signed your drivers licence and told your family members of your wishes? If not, now is a great week to have that all important discussion. Can there be any more beautiful or meaningful gift to give than the gift of life? Talk about it, and act on your decision this week. What a wonderful tribute to leave, a legacy of the person you are, caring and generous and selfless.

Find out more this week and talk about blood, organ and tissue donation with friends, family, and co-workers. Maybe you will join me in committing to give the gift of life today.

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