Make A Difference Monday

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.

Here’s why:

-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.

Katey Ballard has lived 6 years (and counting) because of a LIVING DONOR transplant.

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
Miracle Mason
Living For Eden
My CF Journey With God
Color Me Healthy
Living Life Breathlessly
65 RedRoses (journal)
65 RedRoses (the film)
Anything But Ordinary
Dynamic Duo

Organ Donation Links:
Donate Life (US)
Organ Donor Foundation (SA)
BC Transplant (Canada)
National Bone Marrow Registry

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.
–Matthew 25:40

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2 thoughts on “Make A Difference Monday

  1. Great post…awareness is crutial! My husband’s career is the transplant program at UVA and he is currently at a UNOS meeting as I read this. This is what he fights for everyday.

  2. According to a new survey by Donate Life America 43 percent of people are undecided, reluctant or do not wish to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths. Is this because Americans don’t know there is an organ shortage? No. The survey also reports that 78 percent realize there are more people who need organ transplants in the U.S. than the number of donated organs available.

    Meanwhile, the number of people who need transplants keeps growing. As of April 1, 2010, there were over 106,700 people on the national transplant waiting list. More than half of these people will die before they get a transplant, while Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

    Just about every single one of the 43% of Americans who aren’t willing to register as organ donors would accept an organ transplant if they needed one to live. As long as we let non-donors jump to the front of the waiting list when they need transplants we’ll always have an organ shortage.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — allocate donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs. UNOS, which manages the national organ allocation system, has the power to make this simple policy change. No legislative action is required.

    Americans who want to donate their organs to other registered organ donors don’t have to wait for UNOS to act. They can join LifeSharers, 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 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.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will save more lives by convincing 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.

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