“Would you like to be an organ and tissue donor?”
Almost all of us hear some variation of this question when we’re getting or renewing our driver’s licenses. However, more than 60 percent of Tennessee drivers are shrugging it off – even though a recent Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) study found that 96 percent of the national respondents supported donating a deceased loved one’s organs and tissues if that person had expressed that wish before dying.
To increase awareness of the life-saving consequences of answering “yes” to that question, each year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources designates Feb. 14 as National Donor Day. After all, what better date to remind people of their power to give the gift of life than on a day when most of us are celebrating love?
“When you say, ‘Yes, I want to be a donor,’ there is no greater love than to share a part of yourself with somebody and pass life on,” said Kim Van Frank, executive director of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. “So the heart and Valentine’s Day has such a connection to what we do.” Continue reading