Become an Organ Donor
By this time tomorrow, 19 people in America who are alive right now will be dead. Not because they were in a car wreck, not because they were gunned down, not because their time had come, not because they were in the hospital, but simply because they couldn’t be given a life-saving transplant in time. Nineteen people will die because the organ transplant they need will not be possible (mayoclinic.com). You can help change that number and become an organ donor. Today I will tell of a story of organ donation, provide the information to become an organ donor, speak of statistics of organ donors, and disprove myths of organ donating.
Matthew Zaragoza Van Gelderen was in the prime of his youth: a bright young man, a talented athlete, who stood not only for what he believed in, but also for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves. On September 16th, 2005, Matthew, then a junior on the East Union High School football team, was on the field as part of the kick-return team when he collided head first with another player. Matthew suffered massive head trauma and was transported to San Joaquin General Hospital where he remained in critical condition until he passed away on September 25th (studentdonor.com).
Let’s move on to how you can become an organ donor. The process of becoming an organ and tissue donor varies form state to state. Some states have websites where residents can officially register as organ donors by signing an online donor registry. Other states allow their residents to express their desire to donate on their driver’s license through the motor vehicle department. Still others have no official process where one registers as a donor; in these states, it is best to sign and carry a donor card and talk to your family about you decision to donate ( studentdonor.com).
Now that we have talked about how to become an organ donor, let’s move on to some statistics of organ donors. Over 92,000 people are waiting on the U.S. organ...