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Agree to save lives by being an organ donor

Staff Report • Sep 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

As many as 6,000 people will die this year while waiting for an organ donation. Becoming an organ donor can help reduce those numbers. In Tennessee, it’s as easy as checking a box on your driver’s license.

Agreeing to be an organ donor is a selfless act that should be commended and discussed with family members. It’s important to increase awareness about the critical need for organ and tissue donors. That’s why the Tennessee County Clerk’s Organ Donor Awareness Foundation was founded in 1996 to give each Tennessean the opportunity to contribute $1 when renewing their license plate for statewide organ and tissue donation education.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, organ transplants have saved the lives of more than 300,000 people in the United States. Unfortunately, the need for donated organs is currently not being met. It is estimated that 17 people die daily while waiting for a donated organ.

Nearly 100,000 Americans are on waiting lists for donated organs. You can help by agreeing to be an organ donor. As we mentioned earlier, being a donor is as simple as signing the back of your driver’s license or a donor card.

Organ donation is a subject some of us would rather not talk about. Even so, now is the time to have that discussion with your family.

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