Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Organ Donation: Help Someone Live

I've been a regular blood donor since my grandfather was diagnosed with chronic renal failure three years ago. The fact is, if relatives and friends didn't donate their blood, the blood bank would be left with no supply at all and the sick will never receive the blood they need to get better.

I've always encouraged people to donate blood whenever they can. The act does not only save lives, but it also replenishes your own supply by making more healthy blood cells in your body. What's troubling me though is that it's been very hard convincing others to do it -- what more if it involved even greater sacrifice and selflessness...

BlogCatalog initiated a worldwide campaign and asked its members to write about organ donation awareness today. I usually have Wordless Wednesdays posts on this day, but I knew I just had to participate in this worthy cause. Organ donation is simply the most compassionate and altruistic human act. No matter what we do or who we are in the grand scheme of things, we actually have the power to save lives. Here's what you can do to support humanity:

1. Let your family and friends know that you intend to donate your organs in your time of passing. Before you register with your local hospital or health care provider, it is important that you inform the people closest to you so they may very well carry out your wishes.

2. Donating blood, bone, bone marrow, and other vital organs is more than possible while you are still living. Don't wait until your last breath to help strangers and ailing loved ones with organ donation. Blood, for example, is the easiest part of you that you can share with the rest of humanity. Countless patients need transfusions every single day and your blood can actually save a lot of lives if you donate regularly.

3. Get an organ donor card and "help someone to live after death." It signifies your willingness to give something that cannot be quantified by any amount of money in the world. Carefully fill out a donor card and keep it on your person at all times (i.e. inside your wallet or organizer). This doesn't mean you won't get resuscitated; it only serves as a consent from you and your family once brain death has been called by medical personnel.

Regardless of race, age, or social status,
we are all made of the same stuff.

I encourage you to read the Organ Donation FAQ by the Human Organization Preservation Effort of the Philippines or H.O.P.E. to get more information about this urgent plight. You might also want to go over the amended Organ Donation Act of the Philippines to know your rights as the donor and/or the organ recipient.


Robin said...

Thanks for the sharing..

I have done my part too.

frenchkys said...

And thank you for participating in this worthwhile movement. Hope to see you again around here soon, Robin!

Anonymous said...

I posted a link a quote on another site called Dialysis & Transplant City, so more people see this because I think it is great that you are spreading awareness!

I had been waiting for a kidney transplant for 6 years while being on dialysis (which without I could not live and am very greatful for dialysis) and just got a cadaver kidney 2 months ago. If more people signed their donor card then the waiting list would not be so long.

Thank you for your blog. I also put a link on my own site as well.

- Angie