Friday, January 13, 2006

Organ donation

This is an email I sent out to friends. I thought I'd post it here as well, even if it doesn't have to do with education. It's just a good thing, and so easy to do.


Hi friends and family and other people whose email addresses I have,

I happen to be one of those people who believes that once you're dead, you're dead. So you might as well give other people your stuff. And by stuff, I mean money (listen up mom and dad! just kidding), but I also mean your organs. Because what are you going to do with them? Nothing, because you'll be dead. So you might as well save someone else's life. And someone else might as well save yours too.

I thought I'd do a good deed by sending along some information on how to be an organ donor. Most of my friends (ha ha, I mean casual acquaintances and enemies) live in Massachusetts, New York state, and Minnesota, so I have compiled info below on becoming organ donors in those states. It's pretty easy, and it's a really good thing to do. And what other good things have you done lately? That's right, none. So to ease your guilt, become an organ donor. Also because I say so, and I know what's good for you.

Please forward this email to anyone and everyone. No one should have to die to let someone else's life-saving organs rot in the ground.

PS If someone you know doesn't want to donate, but has no good reason for it, the next time you see him/her, read the articles below out loud to them. For dramatic effect, you could start crying too. Also effective would be to start making consistent subtle references about how he/she is a bad person, preferably in front of his/her boss. A less ethical idea would be to disguise yourself as a doctor and tell him/her that he/she desperately needs a new __________ (fill in name of organ here...a funny one would be "butt.")


Massachusetts

1. Go to this website and print out an organ donor card. Fill it out and carry it in your wallet.
http://www.organdonor.gov/signup1.html

2. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you wish to be an organ donor. They may have to approve the decision if you are incapacitated.

3. If you need to apply for or renew your license, go to this website to find out how. Make sure to check the organ donation box when filling out the registration forms.
https://www.mass.gov/secure/rmv/express/renlicform.htm



New York State

1. Go to this website and click on "Online Organ and Tissue Donor Registration." This will take you to a form that will put you on the NY state organ donor database.
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/donor/index.htm

2. Go to this website and print out an organ donor card. Fill it out and carry it in your wallet.
http://www.organdonor.gov/signup1.html

3. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you wish to be an organ donor. They may have to approve the decision if you are incapacitated.

4. If you are going to apply for or renew your driver's license, go to the website below. Make sure to check the organ donation box.
http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/license.htm#licenserenew


Minnesota

1. Go to this website and print out an organ donor card. Fill it out and carry it in your wallet.
http://www.organdonor.gov/signup1.html

2. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you wish to be an organ donor. They may have to approve the decision if you are incapacitated.

3. If you are going to apply for or renew your license, go to this website to find out how. Make sure to check the organ donation box when filling out the registration forms.
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/ID%20Requirments/IDframeset.htm

1 Comments:

At January 13, 2006 2:04 PM, Blogger Dave said...

If you're going to be an organ donor, why not donate your organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs? That's the idea behind LifeSharers. Please join at www.lifesharers.org. It's free. It could save your life.

About 60% of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who have not agreed to donate their own organs. That's not fair, and it's one of the reasons the organ shortage is so large.

 

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