Tuesday, December 26, 2006

It's almost the end of the year

I wasn't sure to do this now, or Sunday. So I will probably do it both.

Although I throw in a lot of personal flavoring. This blog really is about organ donation. But I guess the real impact can, and is, felt at the whole family level. With Christmas fresh in our minds, we (read "I") wonder if it's the last with the recipient. Realistically, it is not. There are still several years left. But on bad bout with the flu or another sickness can change that. Then again, it can happen to anyone anytime, anywhere.

With that lead in. Have you made peace with your God? Christianity teaches us to prepare for "the thief in the night." Sickness, accident or a return of Jesus can bring about some major change in plans for a holiday.

Secondly, are you an organ donor? Most people put it on their drivers license at renewal. But that is every four years or so. You can put a sticker on the DL and you can carry a donor card.

If you have concerns, here is another link to a web site with FAQ's regarding organ donation.

There are so many resources out there regarding organ donation. Check them out. Email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

Here are our numbers up to today:

Waiting list candidates as of today 3:12pm
All 94,710
Kidney 69,548
Pancreas 1,764
Kidney/Pancreas 2,394
Liver 17,046
Intestine 238
Heart 2,845
Lung 2,883
Heart/Lung 139
All candidates will be less than the sum due to candidates waiting for multiple organs

Transplants performed January - September 2006
Total 22,016
Deceased Donor 16,877
Living Donor 5,139
Based on OPTN data as of 12/15/2006

Donors recovered January - September 2006
Total 11,194
Deceased Donor 6,057
Living Donor 5,137
Based on OPTN data as of 12/15/2006

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