Tuesday, July 17, 2007

BlogCatalog Community Organ Donation Awareness Campaign

BlogCatalog is asking bloggers to join them and blog today in the first world wide blogger social campaign, to raise awareness about organ donation and the issues surrounding organ donation. Here are a few articles & websites to check out regarding this. Stop The Black Market! Slate Magazine took a hard look at a growing problem around the world. Organ donation is so great, some poor people are being convinced to sell their organs on the black market. In Pakistan, 40 percent of the people in some villages are turning up with only one kidney. There is only one way to stop it and that is encouraging more people to become donors. See the article! http://slate.com/id/2164177/ Success Story! Alex Pratt of Los Angeles suffered from kidney disease for over 20 years. It was a huge burden on his wife and two children until he received his first transplant in 1993. Unfortunately, it only lasted 9 years, so he had to wait another four years for a second transplant. He would have never gotten a second chance if not for http://www.MatchingDonors.com and a paired donation program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Donors Needed! In Australia, more than 1,700 people are waiting for organ transplants. In Latin America, more than 50,000. In Europe and the United States, more than 95,000. In China, more than 2 million. In Africa, there isn’t enough organization to really know. Without an organ transplant, these people will die. There are many statistics and links to find a good story at Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_donation If you are in the United States, check out these great sites: http://www.OrganDonor.gov http://www.unos.org/ http://matchingdonors.com If you don't have a donor card, look into getting one. I'm not sure how other states do this, but in Michigan it is on the back of our license & it is very easy to do. Also educate your family on Organ donations, and tell them your plans. Regardless if you want to donate or not, it is very important to talk to your family members about your wishes! Learn how to donate in your state ~ http://organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm How do organ donations and transplants work? What profound effect do you think organ donation has on the lives of others (not just those who receive the transplants)? According to the Coalition on Donation, there are three simple steps to becoming a donor: 1.) Make a decision; 2.) Sign a donor card; 3.) Tell your family. Visit www.shareyourlife.org to learn more about the facts and myths associated with organ donation. This is a very personal decision. Take the time to educate yourself regarding how organ donation works.

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