You, too, can be a hero: Become an organ donor

Lancaster | Mathew Edavettal and Richard Arbour

A parent can give life. A doctor or nurse can help restore life. But only an organ donor can give and restore life after they have left this world. Organ donation is the most profound gift of life.

In 1968 the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act was passed in the United States, establishing a legal means to offer an anatomical gift of one’s organs, tissues and eyes after death.

The need is great.

Currently more than 78,000 people in the United States are active on organ transplant waiting lists. The need dramatically outweighs the number of organ donations. In January, there were just 1,257 organ donations and 2,797 organ transplants. Today, more than 8,600 Pennsylvanians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

In Lancaster County, many of those awaiting liver, kidney and other types of transplants are critically ill and face death without organ transplantation. Gifts of donor organs may not necessarily stay in the region of donation. Matches may be made between family members through living, directed donation or directed donation after death. But if we do not assist in organ donation, opportunities to save lives will be missed, and lives will be lost. Continue reading