Pruitt, Sharon. Have a Heart Desaturated . 2007. Flickr. Web. 3 May 2011. .
Giving the gift of life is one of the best things a person could do. 1
YesMartin, Anne. Ita vero. 2008. Flickr. Web. 3 May 2011. .
All people should register to be organ donors, all it takes is a simple checkmark in the Yes 2
GIbbs, Nathan. Crucifijos de los Rosarios. 2007. Flickrr. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. .
All major religions support organ donation including Christianity 3
Palmer, Will. Star of David. 2006. Flickr. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. .
Pham, David. Life in a Bell. 1996. Flickr. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. .
Buddhism and Hinduism 5
+ sideHawk, Thomas. I Love You All, You're Wonderful. 2006. Flickr. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. .
Organ donation is a proven method of saving lives, if more people were educated and knew more about it thousands of lives could be saved.
- SideMaurice. Normandy American Cemetery . 2010. FlickrCC. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. .
Unfortunately this is not the case and many people are still not willing to donate their bodies for the good of other people. In the united states alone there are 81,000 people waiting to receive an organ and about 6,000 of those people die per year from the shortage. 7
What would you want?Saber, Hamed. Soudeh under Serum. 2006. Flickr. Web. 29 Apr. 2011. .
If you or a loved one was sick and needed a organ to live you would want someone to help you, just like someone would want your help if their life depended on it. 8
50 or moreDombrowski, Quinn. One Thing. 2008. Flickr. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. .
More than 50 people can benefit from a single donor. Thats fifty lives that could be saved.9
1954 Kidney1963 Liver1967 HeartInside . 2009. Flickr. Web. 3 May 2011. .
Since these first transplants there have been many preformed and many success stories from recipients. 10
Every single opportunity to donate counts.-Eight Million Californians Say Yes! to Organ and Tissue Donation. Seckington, Melinda. Week 3: Rule of Thirds. 2009. Flickr. Web. 4 May 2011. .
Organs can be revived sometime after a half hour has gone by, but recovery of all of them is not possible. Death today is perceived by most as the moment your brain can no longer function. Donation of the heart and liver are not possible if its your heart that shuts down. These two vital organs can only be taken from a donor if they are kept alive through a respirator machine.
Ray, Stefan. Belvoir Park hospital Belfast. 2008. Flickr. Web. 4 May 2011. .
There are many misconceptions about donation and what is involved. It is believed by some minorities that doctors will not try to revive them the way that they would a Caucasian patient, because of racial tension. 12
Fernandez, John Steven. The Eye. 2007. Flickr. Web. 4 May 2011. .
Where you live can also be an influence in your decision towards the topic, and can also lead to illegal sales of organs on the black market. 13
Ares, Nick. Money. 2008. Flickr. Web. 5 May 2011. .
It is argued by many that people should be allowed to sell their organs for money, but as of now it is illegal but still goes on in the black market. Organs can sell for up to $10,000 which to some people is necessary for the basics like food water and pay the bills. The market of selling organs brings in millions of dollars per year. 14
Marshall, Greg. Emergency Lights . 2007. Flickr. Web. 9 May 2011. .
Some states are now making it a priority to respond immediately after a call is placed into 911, these new measures have helped to increase the number of available willing donors. This policy of immediate response plays into the Presumed Consent policy. 15
Not A DonorThe presumed consent policy states that everyone is a donor unless prior to death you state that you do not what to be with proper documentation. Even with this documentation family members are able to go against your wishes. 16
Usually a doctor will still get permission from the family even if the deceased was registered as a donor because they could still face a lawsuit. 17
"Phil Lesh." Tickitini. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. .
"The Grateful Dead." Global rock legends of the '60s and '70s. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. .
"News." Cornell Concert Commission. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. .
Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead, now in the band Futher is a recipient of a liver that he received back in 1998. Ever since he has been an active activist for the cause of organ and tissue donation. As a follow up to his transplant in 2004 he hosted a blood drive at the New York Blood Center. He also has a Organ Donor rap, that he performs at all his concerts. 18
If it werent for the blood I wouldnt be here.-Niki Taylor Competes For Red Cross On Celebrity Apprentice"Niki Taylor a Model of America." Latest USA News. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. .
"The Celebrity Apprentice: Niki Taylor calls- out Dionne, Tonight's Episode ." Hollywood Junket . N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. .
"American Red Cross faces Blood Donation Shortfall ." Top News. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. .
Niki Taylor was in a life changing car accident back in 2001, was close to death but was lucky enough to receive 100 units of blood that were able to save her life. From the accident she gave up her career as a model to spend more time with her family. This past season on Donald Trumps well known show the Apprentice. All the Celebrities choose a foundation that they would like to donate to, she choose the American Red Cross and donated any money made to their organization.
The Gift of Life Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for distributing organs in the Mid-Atlantic region. The organization was founded in 1974. They host many events to the public to help raise money for the upkeep of their home or to help a family pay for their medical bills. So far the Gift of Life Foundation is responsible for helping 29,000 transplantations happen. 20
"Gift of Life Donor Program ." Gift of Life . N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2011. .
Many of you have heard of the Ronald McDonald home for sick children's families to stay in, the Gift of life has something very similar for family members of recipients to help reduce any additional costs to them. The house offers these people a nice place to stay and recover from there procedure. There are things that you can do to volunteer within the house like go in a cook a meal for the people staying there.
"Family House will meet a real need by providing a home a away from home and support services for families of transplant patients.- Howard Nathan. Hes the president of the foundation and founding bored member of the house.
Samfield, Jason. Fore for Four! 2010. Flickr. Web. 17 May 2011. .
They hold numerous events monthly, in this month of May there are five events that people can partake in to help raise money and awareness. Theyre hosting several golf outings, A beef and beer fundraiser, and other things.
This past month they hosted their 16th annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness22
Advertisement. Dash for Organ and Tissue Donation. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2011. .
The walk was on April 17 in the city, all together the foundation raised $50,000 with 325 teams and 7,000 participants. My team alone Wings For Walt raised about $2,000 for the foundation. This project was in memory of my Uncle Walt who passed away this past summer. He received a lung that gave him 5 more years of life. In these 5 years he became the grandfather of twin girls and the great-grandfathers of two baby boys. 23
Family and friends came to my walk, not everyone that gave money could make it. The reason that I chose to do my project on organ donation is because it is something very close to my family. My uncle Walt was at times a father figure to my mom so when we lost him, she as well as his three sons lost a parent. 24
My cousin Chad whos Walts middle child came up with the design for the shirt, but I came up with the name. The story behind it is that right after my Uncle passed away this past summer there always was a butterfly somewhere around.
These girls are four of my best friends who all met my uncle before he passed away. 26
I feel the the need for awareness of donation is something that needs to be talked about because it could touch the life of someone you personally know. The 27
I can remember the day my mom got the phone call from my aunt saying that the doctors found a match. The donor was a young boy about my age who was killed in a car accident a few days before. Although its a tragedy that a young life was taken it was a blessing that he 28
I was actually really surprised at how many people were there. I didnt know that this was such a well known cause. 29
Three of my aunts that were able to come and participate in the walk with me. 32
My uncle Walts wife. 34
Thankful. 2010. Flickr. Web. 17 May 2011. .
Everyday my family is grateful to the young boy who gave my uncle Walt the gift of life. 35
Changing Fate . 2008. flickr. Web. 17 May 2011. .
I believe that organ donation is a great thing and my family and I are all registered to be donors because we got to see first hand how it can change a persons life and turn it completely around. 36
My family hopes to make this an annual event for us now and work to raise even more money in the years to come and to have even more people participate in the walk with us. 37Pruitt, Sharon. Have a Heart Desaturated . 2007. Flickr. Web. 3 Ma