National Donor Sabbath is celebrated during the month of November and the local agency encouraging this celebration is the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. With their encouragement, here are some thoughts I found interesting as I consider donating my organs.
Did you know that one organ donor can help save the lives of up to 8 people, provide sight to two people and improve the lives of nearly 75 more people through tissue donation? Yes, all major religions recognize the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation.
Facts like these and many more, surprised me in many ways. Learning more about organ donation can help individuals and families make informed decisions about this generous, life-saving act that could bring hope and renewed life to others. Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) is always available to help you understand life-saving information. FLDRN is the region’s organ donor program that serves as the link to people who need life-saving transplants with donors. They work closely with 37 area hospitals to carry out end of life wishes with respect to organ donation of patients or their families. Their mission is to increase awareness and educate residents on how to join the New York State Donate Life Registry.
What is at stake right now?
- Almost 113,000 men, women and children are on the national transplant waiting list; nearly 9,000 of these individuals are from New Your State, 600 from our area.
- Every 10 minutes another person is added to the transplant waiting list. Twenty-two people die each day because the lifesaving organ they need isn’t available.
- It’s important to remember that organ, eye and tissue donation is an end-of-life option, similar to other advanced directives. Making your decision now means your family won’t be burdened with having to decide on your behalf later.
Some additional facts about organ donation!
- Anyone age 16 or older can enroll in NYS Registry.
- There is no upper age limit to register donor.
- Don’t assume you aren’t healthy enough to donate.
- Your medical care will not be compromised if a doctor knows you are interested in donation.
- Only authorized specialists, have access to the confidential donor registries. A person’s registration status is only checked at death.
- There is no cost to donation.
Surveys show that 95% of adults support organ donation. How about you? Show your support and sign up to donate at organdonor.gov.
Please vote on Tuesday, more than ever it is important.
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,