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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services currently reports there are “more than 123,000 patients who are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.”
A little over a year ago a cousin of mine lost her daughter to a drunk driver. In her passing, she left behind two beautiful girls. While I did not have a chance to grow up with my cousin who was my age and whose children were as young as my own- I have learned of her life through my cousin who has shared her experience of loss with friends and family. The one thing that I see has helped my cousin in all of this is the gift of life that her daughter was able to give even after hers was taken away from her. My cousin’s daughter gave the gift of life to 4 people. I can see how knowing what her daughter has done for others even after she is gone has given my cousin strength. Before her passing, I was already a registered organ donor, but it has given me even more reason to be happy with my decision should anything ever happen, and I am happy to share this current campaign from Donate Life to raise awareness.
PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton is currently helping to spread the word through a PSA that encourages Americans to become organ donors. Check it out here:
In the PSA, Erik joins news anchor and kidney donor, Phillip Palmer, and a group of organ transplant recipients, including professional soccer player Samuel Gordon, and athletes Eric Drear, Cristian Sanchez, Nick Wallace, and Jennifer Golden. Each individual shares their personal experience with organ donations and explains that they are alive and healthy today because people chose to be organ donors.
Donate Life has found that 90% of Americans say that they support organ donation, however only 30% are aware of the correct steps needed to be taken in order to become a donor.
The PSA directs people who would like to become organ donors to visit Donate Life America at www.donatelife.net for more information about donation, how to register in their state’s donor registry and, importantly, reminds them to tell their families about their decision. Discussing organ donation with family members helps ensure their organ donation wishes are honored.