This morning I've been wondering what to write about. The weather is clearing so I can't complain about the rain, the traffic was fine so that's off the list. I could whine about not having sex since since last week but then my fellow-bloggers would call me on that BS and tell me to be grateful for that, and since I'm still getting over what ever knocked me out last weekend, I've not been in the mood to write anything particularly sexy.
But then I opened my daily e-mail from the NY Times and found a topic that is always near and dear to my heart and a bit more serious than most posts. This isn't going to be long, but I wanted to put out a reminder to all of you, anyone who reads this, about the importance about registering as an organ donor.
Unless you have existing health issues that prevent you from safely donating I would ask, beg, plead, coerce, cajole, entice, what ever it takes, to register.
Here are the quick statistics:
- More than 100,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants.
- Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
- An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
- In 2009, there were 8,021 deceased organ donors and 6,610 living organ donors resulting in 28,465 organ transplants.
- Last year, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.
- 90% of Americans say they support donation,
but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor.
- OrganDonor.gov (US Govt. Health and Human Services)
- HowStuffWorks (an interesting article with statistics)
- The list (live statistics on how many people are waiting...
- Religious views on organ donation
After I'm dead I won't need a body I figure. If my pastor is right I'll get a new one, hopefully one that will be just a little taller. If he's wrong, well, then none of us need one.
Please, take a few minutes over the next week to look into registering for yourself. In the mean time, I'm donating platelets this afternoon. But that's just for me, I get free cookies and juice and get to watch a movie. :-)
Here is the video from the NY TIMES that sparked this little post.
Wife meets the recipients of husband's donation
Back to the fun tomorrow with Flash Fiction Friday!!