I’ve had so many new readers lately and I haven’t done a Make A Difference Monday post in a while I should probably take some time and explain what Make A Difference Monday actually is:
“There are loads of causes I’ve come across, and would love to support in some way, thanks to the web. I’m kind of against giving money to charities, personally. Do non profits need donations? Yes, and I will do it in the future probably. However I feel called to give to others in a more hands on personal way these days.
I also made a commitment to myself that I wouldn’t donate any money while still in debt, because I have a tendency to get carried away, and I’m not good with money. Not a good combination. So I have to think of other ways to offer my support.” -1st MADM post
Did you know this month is donate life month?
(Well now you do)
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about organ donation.
Nor is it the second.
This probably won’t be the last.
-Over 79,000 U.S. patients are currently waiting for an organ transplant; nearly 3,000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.
-Every day, 16 to 17 people die while waiting for a transplant of a vital organ, such as a heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, lung or bone marrow.
-Acceptable organ donors can range in age from newborn to 65 years or more. People who are 65 years of age or older may be acceptable donors, particularly of corneas, skin, bone and for total body donation.
-An estimated 10,000 to 14,000 people who die each year meet the criteria for organ donation, but less than half of that number become actual organ donors.
-Virtually all religious denominations approve of organ and tissue donation as representing the highest humanitarian ideals and the ultimate charitable act.
Here are some facts of my own:
Eva Markvoot died waiting for a second lung transplant.
But not without chronicling the journey to her 1st transplant in the award winning documentary 65_RedRoses first.
Mason Strickland received a new perfect heart on Easter (Could the day be more perfect?)
Alice Vosloo is getting married in a few months
Camryn is winning her battle with Leukemia with help from her little brother Wyatt’s bone marrow.
And if you need more convincing just watch this video by Paul Cardall, a transplant participant himself.
Cadaver bone was used in the correction of my left foot when I was 12, just saying.
Organ & Tissue Donation Blogs/Websites:
Confessions Of A CF Husband
Living For Eden
My CF Journey With God
Color Me Healthy
Living Life Breathlessly
65 RedRoses (journal)
65 RedRoses (the film)
Anything But Ordinary
Please consider becoming an organ and tissue donor.
I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.