The decision to become an organ donor can be a hard one to grapple with. We understand that there are many factors to think over when you are deciding whether to become an organ and tissue donor. The reality is that there is a huge need for new living and deceased donors as the disparity between donors and those in need continue to grow. Giving an organ to a complete stranger may seem a bit outlandish, but it is the ultimate act of kindness. There is a lot of misinformation out there about the organ donation process. If you would like to learn more about how the process works and how you can get involved, visit the LifeCenter website today!

Helping Others

We are all familiar with the old saying, “Treat others as you wish to be treated.” Your parents, teachers, and even your friends may have tried to drill this idea into you when you were young. In the world of organ donation, this motto reigns supreme. Registering as an organ donor means that you are putting the health and wellness of others on the same level as your own. You are giving hope to up to eight people who were on the ever-growing waiting list. Your selflessness could give someone back the ability to breathe with a lung transplant, it could give them the gift of sight with a corneal transplant, and you can give someone the ability to walk again with tendons and bone. Organ and tissue donation is truly the ultimate act of giving.

Very Few Limitations

Many people believe that they cannot register as an organ donor because they are too old, their illness prevents them, or their religion is against it. In reality, all of these factors are irrelevant to the donation process. The oldest successful organ donor was well over 90 years old, and his decision to register as a donor helped save the life of a 69-year-old woman suffering from end-stage liver disease. In the US, you can legally register as a donor as young as 18, and you can verbally commit from even younger. Most illnesses and health complications will also not bar you from becoming an organ donor. Most religions also view organ donation as an act of charity, and not only are accepting of the decision but encourage it!

Ease of Registry

Registering as an organ donor is a quick and easy process. When you go into your local BMV to renew your driver’s license, simply check the box on your paperwork asking if you would like to be an organ donor. You can also register online here to be added to your state’s registry.

The decision to become an organ donor could save the lives of up to eight people awaiting an organ on the waiting list. Registering today will cement your legacy as a kind and selfless person in the eyes of your friends, family, and all the people that you can help with your donation.