Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Donate Life Month and Remembering My Brother

image borrowed from Donate Life

Hi friends!  It's April and that means it's Donate Life Month!  It's also the month my family remembers my brother, Timmy.  If you haven't heard the story of Timmy, you can read the detailed post here, but I'll give you a quick recap.



On April 26, 2008, my twenty-one year old brother, Timmy, was in a high speed motorcycle accident on I-81 in West Virginia.  Although he was wearing some of the best safety gear on the market (shout out to alpinestars) he suffered major internal trauma, including a skull fracture and a broken neck. Needless to say, he did not survive his injuries.

Timmy's life was not in vain.  He was a registered organ donor, and while he wasn't able to donate his major organs because of his injuries, he was able to donate tissue, bone and his eyes.  Because of his death and donation, 46 people received his gifts and a chance at a new life.  You can read the full story of my family's relationship with the donation harvesting group including the letter my mom received detailing the exact donations Timmy made and what they are used for in last year's post.

Friends, I'm here today to encourage you to register for organ donation and thank you if you already are.  I know it's a touchy subject and many aren't comfortable with the idea of it, but there is such a need.

Organ donation FAQs:
  • There are over 99,000 people on the donor recipient waiting list. 
  • Every 12 minutes, someone's name is added to the waiting list.
  • On an average day, 18 people die because they didn't receive the organ(s) they have been waiting for.
  • Anyone can be a donor, regardless of your age, gender, race or health status.
  • One person can save up to 7 lives with a major organ donation, and can help up to 50 people with tissue donation and 10 people with eye donation.
  • The following things can be donated:  the kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the intestines.  Corneas, the middle ear, skin, heart valves, bone, veins, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments can be stored in tissue banks and used to restore sight, cover burns, repair hearts, replace veins, and mend damaged connective tissue and cartilage in recipients.  Stem cells and blood/platelets can also be donated.
  • You don't have to wait until you die to be a donor.  Living Donation is when a person voluntarily "shares" part of a functioning organ with a loved one, friend or complete stranger.
You can make a difference just like Timmy did!  Please make sure you check the "organ donor" box on your DMV licence application or visit your state's donor registry link at organdonor.gov and check out donatelife.net for more information on organ and tissue donation!

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this post about a cause that is very near and dear to my heart and my family's.  I appreciate you taking the time to consider if organ donation is right for you.

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