Get a ‘New Heart’ and save a life

UNION DAILY TIMES | Charles Warner

Donors sought for organ, tissue registry

Image courtesy of Donate Life South Carolina The heart logo on the left is symbolizes a South Carolinian’s desire to be an organ donor, but does not actually mean they have been placed on the SC Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. The heart logo on the right, however, symbolizes not only that a person is an organ donor but that they have been placed on the registry.
UNION — If you are an organ donor in South Carolina, does your driver’s license have an “Old Heart” or a “New Heart” on it?

On Friday, Jan 21, the Union County Healthcare Foundation held a “Donation Duel” pitting USC Gamecocks against Clemson Tigers to see which side could sign up the most organ donors. The Gamecocks won with 19 organ donors signed up to 13 for the Tigers. Since one organ donor can potentially save nine people’s lives, the 32 Gamecocks and Tigers who signed up Friday could potentially save as many as 288 lives.

In discussing the Donation Duel and its results, Foundation Director Greta Bailey also spoke about the importance of organ donors in Union County getting the right kind of heart on their driver’s license.

Bailey pointed to a “Facts About Donation” information sheet published by “Donate Life South Carolina,” a non-profit mandated by state law to maintain the South Carolina Donor Registry, which discusses why organ donors need to have the right kind of heart on their driver’s licenses. Continue reading