Consider organ donation

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Kasson, MN

#1 Nov 2, 2012
Four months ago, my 54 year old aunt, Aggie developed a very severe headache and called 911 for an ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, she had collapsed & was unresponsive. She had experienced a brain anserysum.
Aggie didn’t pull through this and died the next day. She had registered to be an organ donor. No one in our family knew much about organ donation. After consulting with staff & clergy, it was determined that Aggie’s organs would be donated. She wound up donating her kidneys, liver, lungs, heart valves, eyes, tissue & bone graft. She helped out more than eight people with simply agreeing to be an organ donor.
I want to encourage you to consider organ donation. People often times have misconceptions about donating organs. Some people will say “I’m too old to donate.” According to Lifesource, the oldest organ donor was 92 years old. So needless to say, you aren’t too old.
My family was concerned that our religion might not be accepting of it. We found out that most major religions are accepting of it. If you have concerns, you can talk to your clergy about it.
At Aggie’s funeral, many people asked “How do I become an organ donor?” It’s simple. In North Dakota, you can check the Organ donation box on your driver’s license application. You can also register online or you can call 888-5-DONATE. People from other states can find out how to register by going to .
By donating your organs, you are helping others out in more ways than one. When my aunt’s sudden death happened, it made my family feel much better knowing Aggie was living on through other people. Two of her transplant recipients were considered critical. Had they not received Aggie’s donation, they were going to die. Currently, over 113,000 people are waiting for an organ donation list. An average of 18 people dies each day waiting for an organ donation. One person’s donation can help up to 60 people. Please consider becoming a donor.
Thank you for your time

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Dec 2, 2012 I must take all my parts with me when I go

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