Get the Facts About Organ Donation
The season for giving is near. As you spend time with your family and friends during the holiday season, why not do something that will give a person a second chance at life by becoming an organ and tissue donor?
Donation offers patients who are awaiting a transplant a second chance at living healthy, productive lives and returns them to their families, friends and communities. Do you know someone that has been touched by organ and tissue donation?
Right now, more than 112,000 men, women and children in the U.S. are waiting for life-saving organ transplants, including over 6,500 in our region. Hundreds of thousands more could have their lives renewed through corneal or tissue transplantation. Tragically, 18 patients will die today in our country because not enough organs are available for transplantation. You can change that statistic by signing up today.
As an organ and tissue donor, you can help save or improve the lives of more than 50 people. Donated organs restore life. Tissue is needed to replace bone, tendons and ligaments lost to trauma, cancer or other diseases in order to improve strength, mobility and independence. Corneas are needed to restore sight. Skin grafts help burn patients heal and often mean the difference between life and death. Heart valves repair cardiac defects and damage.
The Crozer-Keystone Health System have teamed up the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign to educate staff members and the extended community on the critical need for organ donation and providing opportunities for people to register as organ and tissue donors. Crozer-Keystone partners with the Gift of Life Donor Program, the local organ and tissue donor program, to help increase donor designations in the region. Currently, only 45 percent of adults in Delaware County have the organ donor designation on their driver’s license or state ID card.
If you make the decision that you want to become a donor, it is important to register online at www.donors1.org/register and to let your family and friends know about your decision. For more information on organ and tissue donation, call Gift of Life Donor Program at 1-800-DONORS-1 or visit www.donors1.org.
Since 1974, Gift of Life has been the link between donors and patients awaiting transplants. During the past 37 years, Gift of Life has facilitated more than 32,000 lifesaving organ transplants and tens of thousands life-enhancing tissue transplants to men, women and children in the tri-state area.
Important facts about organ donation:
- All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation.
- Your commitment to donate will not interfere with your medical care.
- In the United States, it is illegal to buy or sell organs and tissue for transplantation.
- An open casket funeral is possible for donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.
- There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation.