Participate in Organ Donor Program

The organ donor program is a national program for donating parts of one's body upon death.  Donated organs and tissue are given either to other individuals or to research.

If you sign up (see below) and then die, your family is first asked to sign a consent form. Then your body can still be cremated or buried.

Each day about 57 individuals receive an organ transplant - the good news. Each day about 13 other individuals die because not enough organs are available - the bad news.  Needless to say, there is a great need for various organs by individuals who have been in accidents, are dying due to organ illness/failure, or who have a physical defect like blindess that can be reversed with a transplant. There is also a need for organs and other body parts by researchers.

Understandably, organ donation is an uncomfortable subject for many of us - probably in part because we don't understand what it means to die and it's hard to imagine. First, anyone can indicate her or his intent to donate. Person's under 18 must have their patent's or guardian's consent. Medical suitability for donation is determined at the time of death.

One typically indicates her or his interest be a donor on their driver's license. Often, a donor card is included as part of a state's drivers license renewal. A small card is filled out and kept with ones drivers license. In California, an "organ donor" sticker is included so the sticker can be put onto the license.

Participate in the organ donor program

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