While gathering with friends and family this holiday season, consider taking the time to discuss the ultimate gift: organ and tissue donation.
In addition to registering with your state, it is important to talk with your family about organ and tissue donation. Having the donation conversation with your family is an opportunity for you to share how you want your legacy to live on. Preparing your family for exactly what you want will ease the burden of that decision during a time of grief and stress.
The family donation conversation is also an opportunity to spread the word for more than 120,000 people who are on the waiting list for transplants in the United States. One person’s decision to donate can save and/or enhance over 50 different people’s lives. A bone allograft helped a father coach his son’s baseball team and keep up with his new baby. A cartilage recipient completed the Hawaii Ironman 70.3 Triathlon following her surgery. A combat medic injured in battle was so inspired by the bone and skin transplants he received, he went on to work for a tissue bank following his honorable discharge from the army. These stories are just a small fraction of what is made possible by organ and tissue donation.
All of these stories would have ended differently if not for the generosity of donors and donor families. While celebrating the holidays and the coming of a new year, take a moment to talk with your family about how your legacy should be celebrated.
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