According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services there are 100, 951 people on the Organ Procurement and Transplant Waiting List. Over 300 people are added every month. The rate of organ donation has increased along with the survival rates for organ transplant patients so that everyday seventy-seven people receive organ transplants. That being said, nineteen people die everyday due to the lack of available organ donations (Access).
I am here today to encourage you to become a lifesaver by deciding to donate your organs for the greater good. The process to become an organ donor is surprisingly simple and straightforward. To begin, you first need to register with your state’s donor registry, then you just need to designate your decision on your driver’s license, or you can sign a donor card until you renew or obtain your driver’s license.
It is amazing that such a simple decision can have such a dramatic impact on another human being’s life. Beyond organs, you can decide to donate blood, stem cells, and tissue and you are never too old to become a donor. Furthermore, there are different types of donation options that you can choose from that best fit your situation, whether Organ and Tissue Donation from Living Donors, Donation After Brain Death, Donation After Cardiac Death (DCD), and Whole Body Donation (Access).
The medical technology and scientific advances that have been accomplished have helped to create a system for donation that utilizes the latest knowledge in order to make it as safe and effective as possible. We can save lives by simply checking a box; the decision to become lifesavers is up to us. Works Cited Access to U. S. Government Information on Organ & Tissue Donation and Transplantation. (2009). Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Retrieved 5 March 2009, from http://organdonor. gov/