Transplant Athlete
Monday, January 10, 2005
  Raising Awareness For Organ Donation

I found this great site that details the process for becoming a live organ donor: livingdonorsonline.org.

Here are the current stats:

People Waiting For A Life Saving Organ Transplant87,170
Of those waiting
60,394Need A Kidney
17,330Need A Liver
3,300Need A Heart
3,900Need A Lung

You can make a difference. You can donate a kidney right now, you can donate a piece of your liver right now, you can donate bone marrow right now. With all of the other diseases that are out there right like Cancer, AIDS, And Alzheimer's - that don't have cures, we need to lick this problem, so we can move on.

I'm still researching the best way for someone to become a living donor, but in the meantime, you can visit Matchingdonors.com. This site which may seem a bit shady on first glance allows donors to match up to patients in need of a transplant. The one thing I don't like about this site is it turns the process into a beauty contest(yes, they do post pictures), who can write the best essay, who can put up the saddest story, who can pay a monthly $295 fee to be listed(Ouch, that's steep and they are charging the most desperate group of people on the planet.)
Organ allocation should go to those with the highest need. Of course, this Blog is being written by a guy who didn't have to wait 5 years on painful dialysis. A guy whose Mom gave him a kidney when he was put on the waiting list.

They have some interesting things to say about UNOS, the "non-profit" organization which is supposed to allocate organs by need. go here for more info.


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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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