National Donor Day focuses on five different types of donations: Organs – Tissues – Marrow – Platelets – Blood. Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. Approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations. In the United States, more than 120,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ donation. [courtesy National Day of Calendar]
I’m not even sure how to look up the statistics, but I’m sure they are pretty high, to the fact I personally know two people who have been given the gift of a second birthday when they received a donated heart. Our “crazy” local weatherman, Scott Hetsko, once it was all over, shared his story on the news about needing, waiting for, and then getting the perfect replacement heart. A co-worker of my husband’s, Michelle, shared her story on Facebook. They agree, the waiting, for months in the hospital, as their own heart dies inside them, wondering if they would live long enough to have the right heart become available and knowing a family had to lose a loved one in order for it to happen were equally difficult. I can’t imagine.
Since Scott is a household name in the Rochester, NY, television viewing area he has become a grand advocate for organ donation. Once he got back to work, he did talks at local organizations and schools about his experience. In New York state, you can make a notation on your license if you choose to be an organ donor. You can also sign up on-line and put it in your living will making sure your family knows your wishes.
As it says in the first paragraph, blood, platelets, and bone marrow are also needed. You can help in just an hour or two and make a big difference in someone else’s life. The Red Cross and your local doctor can give you the information about how to go about the process. I hope you will become an organ donor so someone else can continue to live.