April is DonateLife Month

I’m writing this now as a reminder to get myself organized and ready in advance for April, which is DonateLife Month. Last year, I ran a daily series on my blog, that I had at that time, on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to get people to sign up to be organ donors. I had a fistful of donor cards and DonateLife pins. I signed up 56 people and talked to hundreds more on a daily, one on one basis and I hope I touched some of them as well.

This year my personal challenge is to sign up even more people than what I signed up last year.

Can I challenge you to do the same? If you are a donor, thank you and can you sign up others? If you aren’t can I convince you on the benefits ~ I’m living, breathing proof that donors work!

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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2 Responses to April is DonateLife Month

  1. Just curious – Where you live do you have to have a donor card to be considered for donation or can your family make that decision without a card? Is there a donor registry? There is no donor registry here. You can sign the back of your healthcare card but your family makes the decision whether or not you signed.

  2. my2ndheartbeat says:

    Our laws in the US can vary from state to state.


    The website above indicates which states are “first person consent” states, and gives you the website or the toll free phone number to register.

    In some states — simply signing your license, as well as some of the online registries, reflects your “intent” to donate — it can give medical personel an open door to let your family know that you desired to donate your organs. It is important that these things be discussed with our families.

    In the first person consent registries, your desire and right to donate your organs cannot be taken away if a family member objects.

    I pass out the “official” donor card that I get from UNOS. This way a person’s “intent” is clear. We only get a new driver’s license once every 4 years. People change their minds or don’t even think about being a donor (until they meet/talk to someone like me). Often, family members have never discussed such issues.

    I think the “intent” is VERY important, just in case a license or in your case, health card, is not signed or checked.

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