For those of us who have received the "gift of life" by an organ transplant every new year is special as we plan and hope for another year of optimal health as we continue to enjoy our second chance at life with family and friends. It's sad that someone had to die (except for living donation) in order for an organ recipient to live, but I hope that the donor families will take comfort in knowing that their loved ones did not die in vain as they continue to live within the recipient and help that person to live on.
DonateLife Float in Rose Parade
Be sure to watch for the DonateLife Float in the annual New Year's Rose Parade. Click on the above link for all the details.
“You Have the Power to Save Lives – Register to be an organ and tissue donor & Tell Your Loved Ones of Your Decision”
Register to be a donor in Ontario or Download Donor Cards from Trillium Gift of Life Network. NEW for Ontario: recycleMe.org - Learn The Ins & Outs Of Organ And Tissue Donation. Register Today! For other Canadian provinces click here
In Great Britain, register at NHS Organ Donor Register
In Australia, register at Australian Organ Donor Register
Your generosity can save up to eight lives with heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine transplants. One tissue donor can help up to 100 other people by donating skin, corneas, bone, tendon, ligaments and heart valves
Has your life been saved by an organ transplant? "Pay it forward" and help spread the word about the need for organ donation - In the U.S. another person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 11 minutes and 18 people die each day waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.