DONATE LIFE: Iowa runners cross the state for organ donor aware...

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More than 300 miles separate Iowa east and west borders. This weekend a group of Iowans will cover all of them--on foot.

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dave

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Apr 19, 2010
 
Great job and thanks for making the effort. After a bad knee operation in the early 70's I can no longer run, but I appreciate those of you who do to make the rest of the state aware of the need for donor organs. My wife needs a kidney and hopefully someday she will get one.

Another problem though has risen its ugly head is because of the high cost of transplant surgery we had to take on more of an insurance burden in order for my wife to go outside of our insurance coverage area. Its a long story and that is the jest of it.

Anyway thanks again to those who care.
Dave Undis

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According to a new survey by Donate Life America 43 percent of people are undecided, reluctant or do not wish to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths. Is this because Americans don't know there is an organ shortage? No. The survey also reports that 78 percent realize there are more people who need organ transplants in the U.S. than the number of donated organs available.

Meanwhile, the number of people who need transplants keeps growing. As of April 1, 2010, there were over 106,700 people on the national transplant waiting list. More than half of these people will die before they get a transplant, while Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

Just about every single one of the 43% of Americans who aren't willing to register as organ donors would accept an organ transplant if they needed one to live. As long as we let non-donors jump to the front of the waiting list when they need transplants we'll always have an organ shortage.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- allocate donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs. UNOS, which manages the national organ allocation system, has the power to make this simple policy change. No legislative action is required.

Americans who want to donate their organs to other registered organ donors don't have to wait for UNOS to act. They can join LifeSharers, a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

Giving organs first to organ donors will save more lives by convincing more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

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