May 16, 2013

It takes 5 minutes to save a life!

Last week I was honored to have the chance to talk with David Fleming.  For anyone who doesn't know, David is the President and CEO of Donate Life.  And organization very dear to my heart and liver!  May 25th will mark my 3rd year on the liver transplant list.

Most of the conversation was based around the results of a survey taken recently to help determine just how well the public understands organ transplantation.  When broken down in numbers, the results are unbelievable.  I will have to cut this into a few post, but I just have to start with this!  Do you know how to register to be an organ donor?

Sixty percent of the respondents were familiar with their state’s donor registry. BUT... 48%  agreed that they really don’t know how to register.  Forty Eight Percent!!  Almost half of the people!  So to keep this short and sweet, here is how you do it!

First go to the Donate Life America website here -----> DONATE LIFE and you will see this!

Donate Life

It will take you a whole second to push Register Now.  And hopefully only a few more seconds for this page to load! All you need to do is select your state from the drop down menu or just click on it!  Easy stuff here right?  

Organ Donor

Just hang with me for a few more minutes.  After you click you will be brought to your states Donate Life page.  For Texas we get straight to the point.  Some of the other states you have to look for the "Register Button"  But you have come this far, don't let that extra step stop you now!  Click it!!  Fill in your information and submit it.  I promise you that the chance at saving a life or 8 is worth the few minuets it will take you to fill it out and become an organ donor.  

Donate Life

Now that you have done this here are a few more ways to make sure your wishes are carried out.

  • Talk to your friends and family about your decision to be an organ donor.  And encourage them to register too!
  • At the DMV, let them know you wish to be an organ donor.
  • Let your doctors know that you wish to donate your organs.
  • Make sure and include your decision to be an organ donor in your advance directive and or your wills. 
Please share this if you get a chance. The 118,102 people on the transplant list would be very grateful!  If you haven't registered yet, could you tell me why?  There are so many myths about the whole process so I would love to help clear them up for you.  I have a new post coming soon on all the reasons people don't register.  So I would love your input!  

Big shout out to David and all of the people at Donate Life who do all that they can each day to help support and grow an organization that is saving lives.  Thank you for reaching out to me and giving me this opportunity.  I look forward to talking again soon!

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1 comment :

  1. I am so happy to read that you are healthy but sad to hear that you will have to be sick to get the help you need.

    I am on the organ donor list and have made my wishes very clear to my family. I am also on the international bone marrow list.

    When my son passed away, I was sad to hear that he was two days shy of being able to donate his organs (must be 32 weeks gestation). It would have been such a great gift to give life to others. Not a part of our story.

    I tweeted this out.

    I'm a new follower of yours via BlogLovin ( Thanks for linking up to my weekly BlogLovin Hop (

    Looking forward to connecting further.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo