Become an Organ Donor
By donating your organs after you die, you can save or improve as many as 50 lives. Many families say that knowing their loved one helped save other lives helped them cope with their loss. Here are three easy ways to register as a donor.
- Register with your state’s donor registry. Most states have registries.
- Designate your choice on your driver’s license when you obtain or renew your license.
- Sign and carry a donor card.
You can find more information at OrganDonor.gov
Minority Donors Needed
It’s especially important to consider becoming an organ donor if you belong to an ethnic minority. Minorities including African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Hispanics are more likely than whites to have certain chronic conditions that affect the kidney, heart, lung, pancreas and liver. Certain blood types are more prevalent in ethnic minority populations. Because matching blood type is necessary for transplants, the need for minority donor organs is especially high.
EDITORS NOTE: I am an organ donor. It is the noblest form of recycling.