Donor Sabbath


What is tomorrow? For many, it might mean a day of football, or shopping. For me, tomorrow is the “Donor Sabbath”.

What is the “Donor Sabbath”? Instead of me trying to explain it, this is short and to the point ~

The purpose of National Donor Sabbath, a program which is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to raise public awareness about transplantation and the critical need for donated organs, eyes and tissues. Most important, this is the perfect time of the year–as the holiday season approaches–to organize donor registry drives that will restore life and hope in the months and years that lie ahead.

For me, beyond the above definition, is it’s another opportunity to give thanks to all of those unknown, anonymous donors that have saved countless lives by their acts of unselfish heroism. My life was saved by such a person. A true hero, to which I try to dedicate my life.

I pray for my donor and my donor’s family every day …….. tomorrow there will be extra thanks involved.

Chapel ~ South of France

 

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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3 Responses to Donor Sabbath

  1. Your story about Donor Sabbath and Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

    Over half of the 100,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    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. LifeSharers has over 13,000 members at this writing.

    Please contact me – Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers – if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you’re interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

  2. my2ndheartbeat says:

    Editor’s note ~ I am not a censorship type of person. Nor do I necessarily agree or disagree with the above comment regarding LifeSharers. Management ~ My2ndHeartBeat

  3. We reserved the Shabbat this year of Anth’s heart-i-versary to sponsor an oneg (meal after the service) and donate the flowers. We always say “in loving honor of our anonymous donor family and their gift of life to us and in loving memory of our donor who made it all possible.” It’s always good to remember that without these people and their life-altering decision…we’d not be here, eh?

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