LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
But the need continues. The same website shows that in 2009 there were 14,630 donors and 28,463 transplants while another 105,567 people were on a waiting list. Over the past four years, the need has undoubtedly risen, despite the increase in organ donor sign-ups.
The reality of the situation hit home even more when I learned one of my dear friend’s son awaits a liver transplant. While the family will not know until tomorrow whether a “live” transplant (partial) or a complete liver transplant is required, the dire need of so many persons and their families should serve as incentive for each of us to participate.
Although I grieve when friends and acquaintances lose a loved one, this recent development in my friend’s life prompts me to wonder how many of those people who passed on might have the liver that my friend’s son needs to continue his own life. What a wonderful and generous gift it would be to leave this world knowing you helped save the life of another person or enabled a child to look at the world through new eyes or with skin cells that renew faith in humanity.
If you have never considered becoming an organ/tissue/eye donor, please do so. You may never know whose life you change but the recipient and their families will certainly never forget it.
Visit the website at trustforlife.org to learn more. You’ll be glad you did.