Thursday, October 9, 2008

Please give blood. And be an organ donor.

Please be an organ donor. Our young friend Annika just had a transplant last night, and her mom Moreena has been writing about it. Anni pulled through the operation, but it is still touch and go. It is her sweet sister Frankie's birthday today, too.
I can't even think about what they all are going through, except -- I must. It could be me and mine.

And please donate blood. No, it probably won't help Annika directly; but it will help someone else. Someone whose family is pulling for them. One day, the family needing the blood might be any of ours.

ETA: Please, pass it on if you feel moved to do so.


Floridacracker said...

You know I rarely comment even though I enjoy reading from the whine list.

I've given 8 gallons so far and I always feel quite angelic afterwards.
... it's a strange feeling, but I confess I enjoy it.

I hope Annika and her family all pull through this with flying colors.

kathy a. said...

((( FC ))) so glad to see you here! it is terrific you are a long-time donor! 8 gallons, brother, is a LOT. sending you some virtual angel wings.

liz said...

Thank you for posting this, Kathy A!

I'm going tomorrow to donate platelets.

Dave said...

Over half of the 99,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince 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.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is 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 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.

purple_kangaroo said...

They won't let me give blood, but I'm an organ donor. My mom is alive because of organ donation.