Tuesday, February 14, 2012

National Donor Day: Why I Donate

JNJ BTW | Johnson & Johnson - Jacob Lepiarz

As you read this post over 110,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, with another person added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. And although this post focuses on the U.S., the need for donors is a global one. Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about the people waiting for these needed donations, or the impact we can have, but on National Donor Day, I’d like to open up the conversation and share my own reasons for being a donor.

When I volunteered to write a post for National Donor Day I had to ask myself, why do I donate? Even though I’m a registered organ and bone marrow donor, and a frequent blood donor, I realized it was a question I hadn’t given much thought to. I wrestled with it, and consistently came back to the fact that I felt good about it. I thought surely there’s a much deeper answer here, but in the end, for me, being a donor is truly a reward in itself. While I know this sounds clichéd, the value I get from being a donor has always outweighed the cost, and I consider myself an avid bargain hunter.
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