About a year ago, when I first thought about organ donation, I thought of the box you check off when getting your license. I knew if I were to undergo an untimely death my organs would be given to someone in need. Other than that I didn't know much about it and the huge impact it has on others' lives.
According the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as of March 2020 there are over 112,00 patients for transplant on the U.S. national waiting list. Sadly, every 10 minutes another person is added to the list, every day 20 people die waiting for a transplant, and every year the number of people on the waiting list continues to be much larger that the number of donors and transplants. Despite those statistics, there is a way to help.
Stories of hope
One donor can save up to 8 lives! Donors are able to give someone a second chance at life! Take the Scadlock and Campbell family, organ donation united the two families with a special bond like no other. Parents Holly and Andy Campbell faced the passing of their 11 week year old son, Jake, but when they realized that the gift of organ donation could help keep another family from losing a child they jumped at the opportunity. Away in Iowa, 2 week old Beckam Scadlock was waiting to receive a heart transplant, the odds were low, but thanks to the Campbells gallant decision, became received Jake's hear. A few years later, Beckam was living his life, the two famines were able to meet and discovered something amazing. The gift of a heart had united them, but they had bonded over a song as well. Unknowingly, the two mothers both sang "For Good" to their infant sons: Holly as she said goodbye to Jake, and Kim (Beckam's mother) to Beckam after he had received his new heart. It was a touching moment that the two were able to share.
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Organ donation saves lives, and it also preserves families. here are some sources if you'd like to read more stories about the amazing effect organ donation has on lives all around us.
Don't Forget to Register
You can help too! Anyone can register to be a donor, help save lives by clicking here to become a donor.