Posted by: Fern | November 13, 2008

Save A Life Today

I could never imagine one of the boys having a fatal illness, and knowing that any given day could be their last, unfortunately that is what my friend Lisa is going through as her daughter searches for a kidney donor, made even more difficult by slow hospitals and redtape and due to the fact that as she’s received a previous organ transplant when she was younger making it even harder to find a matching donor. Reading her story over the past year or so has brought tears to my eyes on several occasions, and I would really like to see Lisa, her daughter and their family find a happy ending to it all.

If you are in the states please read Lisa’s post and think about taking the steps to get tested and see if you’re one of the few people that may be a match for Marielle. Not only could you save a young girl’s life, but you could pick up some serious karma points, this is like extreme pay it forward 🙂 It’s not often that I use my blog as a soapbox, but I know if one of my children was in this situation I would want it published absolutely everywhere, just in case that one person to have the right match does find it, puts their name forward and in turn saves a child’s life. This is one place where the internet is an amazing tool.

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Responses

  1. Blogs are a great way of spreading awareness of such important topics. Thankyou so much for posting this. I’m heading over to read it right away.

  2. I just want to let anyone who reads this know that it IS the ultimate pay it forward. Recently, I went through the tests to see if I could give a kidney, and even though I unfortunately could not help, it is something that I recommend everyone does. At the very least, you can find a bit out about yourself.. At the most, you can share with someone, something we all take for granted.

  3. The generosity of live organ donors is wonderful. It’s a shame we need so many live organ donors. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

    There is another good way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — if you don’t agree to donate your organs when you die, then you go to the back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ to live.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. About 50% of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven’t agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.


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