Organ donation can save lives

THE HEARLD-STAR
Do you know someone who has received a liver, a heart or, maybe, a cornea implant?

Chances are you do, as organ donations in the United States are continuing to grow, with more than 30,000 performed. However, thousands and thousands more await transplants — more than 123,373 nationally and 3,342 in Ohio and approximately 500 people in West Virginia.

During National Donate Life Month this month, please consider becoming an organ donor.

Unfortunately, Jefferson County continues to rank lower than most of the other Central and Southeastern Ohio counties served by Lifeline of Ohio, an independent nonprofit organ procurement organization. Only about 40 percent of our county’s residents are registered as organ donors. It’s time for that statistic to change.

In the Buckeye State, four organ procurement organizations have combined to generate a greater awareness about the importance and need for people to become organ and tissue donors when they die.

Organizers say they’re finding 95 percent of American adults approve of donation as a viable, life-giving practice, but only close to 50 percent actually register at department of motor vehicle agencies when renewing licenses. Remember, Jefferson County falls below that national average. Continue reading

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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor
Nationwide:     Organ Donor | Donate Life America
Social Media Declaration: #organdonor #IamADonor

Be sure to share your decision with your family to ensure your generous gift is honored,  At risk is the legacy you wish to leave.
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