Monday, October 13, 2008


The News Leader of Staunton, Virginia, published an editorial about LifeSharers' proposal that donated organs should be allocated first to registered organ donors. The editorial states:

If this proposal would make more people sign up to become organ donors, it's a beautiful thing.
But still, isn't it sad that it's come to this?

It is sad. It's sad that over 8,000 Americans die every year while their neighbors bury or cremate the organs that could have saved their lives. It's also sad that people need an incentive to donate organs that they can't even use any more. LifeSharers provides a powerful incentive -- if you agree to donate your organs through LifeSharers after you die, we'll increase your chances of getting a transplant should you ever need one to live.

The editorial also said:

this is a sad situation that can be remedied by more information, education and
the generous commitment of Americans toward strangers.

Sadly, that's not the case. Millions and millions of dollars have been spent on information and education but the organ shortage continues to grow. And if "the generous commitment of Americans toward strangers" could reduce the organ shortage then the shortage wouldn't exist in the first place.

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1 comment:

Lady Galadriel said...

Huh. I'm already an organ donor, but I think the incentive for me to join Lifesharers might be that, should I die my organs would go to someone who might deserve them more.

As probably with most people, my organs seem pretty healthy and I'm not thinking bout the prospect of ever needing one. I do certainly hope that something can be salvaged out of my eventual death to help others. It would be great if that help went to someone who seemed to share my feelings about organ donation.

I just heard of LS today and am reading to see if there's any drawback--can't think of one myself, but perhaps there is--and will likely joint this week. And I will likely encourage friends/family to do so as well.