Organ donation is one of the miraculous achievements of modern medicine. Unfortunately, while a small percentage get the chance of renewed life with successful transplants, many die waiting for a suitable organ.
- Just one donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 50 people
- Every day an average of 21 people die before they can receive a donor organ
- Each month 500 patients are added to the national waiting list
- At any given time, over 100,000 patients are on the waiting list
90% of Americans say they support organ donation but only 30% say they know how to register as an organ donor! It is a quick and easy process and goes like this:
- Register at the DMV when renewing a driver’s license; or,
- Register at www.missouriorgandonor.com.
Missouri has a First-Person Authorization Registry, which changed from an intent registry by legislation that took effect August 28, 2008. This change now allows Missouri citizens of legal age to register as a donor through the DMV when renewing their driver’s license or anytime online. By registering, an individual gives authorization for donation of anatomical gifts (transplantable organs and tissues) at the time of their death. If you registered in Missouri prior to August 28, 2008, it is necessary that you re-register.
For more information go to The Midwest Transplant Network General Educational Guide. Pages 12-16 and 30-33 may be of special interest to Rotarians.
Rotarians are validating SERVICE ABOVE SELF by registering donors through our Rotary for Life program. Be a Gift to the World by helping extend and enhance the lives of people on the waitlists.