As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, did you know that February 14th is also National Donor Day? It’s more than a coincidence that a day set aside for matters of the heart has a connection to organ donation. There are well over 2,000 heart transplants a year with over 3,500 people on a wait list. If you add in all the people on the wait list for kidney, liver and other transplants, it’s way more than 100,000 people waiting for our help right now. How can you help? Commit to being an organ donor.
To get on the Arkansas registry, you can sign up on-line at ARORA (Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency) or go directly to www.donatelifearkansas.org. Or, if you drive, the next time you’re at the Revenue office to renew your driver’s license, say yes to organ donation and it will be noted on your driver’s license. And guess what? You’re never too old to donate. The oldest person to date who donated was 94 years old!
It is important to understand that the Donor Registry list is considered to be legally binding. If you are a registered donor, ARORA (Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency) is NOT required to ask your living next of kin to give final consent for donation, so it is very important that you share your decision with family members. Commit to being an organ donor - you alone can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and that doesn’t even include tissue donation. There’s a whole lot of people out there counting on us!
Please act now and give hope, and the gift of life to someone in need of an organ or tissue transplant. This is your chance to do something really great!