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Why register as an organ donor?

The last week of April marks National Organ Donation Awareness week. We know our community knows the importance of organ donation, but how would you convince someone unsure of registering? We asked our community and this is what they said:

  • “I would say; I hear you. It’s so odd and morbid thinking about your own organs being used for someone else. But I would also remind them that they (quite literally) wouldn’t know any different. And to think less about their own morbidity and more about the fact that they would actually be saving somebody’s life. Everyone is going to die at some point and death is something western culture is not terribly comfortable talking about. But if everyone could take a moment and go to that uncomfortable place of thinking about their own, undesirable perhaps, but all together undeniable death, and what they would like done afterwards, many lives could potentially be saved. People would be given more time with their families, a better quality of life, and the invaluable opportunity to live. I guess the biggest thing I would ask those who are uncertain about organ donation is: how would you like to be remembered? Because I would sure love to be remembered as someone who gave another person the priceless gift of time.” – Kim Wood
  • “To be blunt: you’re going to be dead anyway. If your organs can help save or extend someone’s life, give them more time with their loved ones, and give them the live life to the fullest, why wouldn’t you want to give that gift? Registering to be an organ donor is one of the most selfless things you can possibly do.” – Terra Stephenson
  • “A friend once asked me why it is important for everyone to register for organ donation. This is while I was completing my post-transplant rehab. He would often drive me to the hospital and we would have discussed this topic. One day I showed him the list in the exercise room of all the lives that received a transplant that month, my name included. He was delighted to see all the lives saved. Then I pointed out the names of the people whose organs didn’t come in time for them. I was 3 times as many names as the ones transplanted. For him it really sunk in how desperate people waiting for organs are, and how unfortunate it is that people choose to not save a life. The year I was transplanted my best friend saw the impact in full. 1 year after my transplant his father passed away. Because of the time his family spent with me while I waited for organs he registered as an organ donor. After his passing their family knows that they made the right choice. On the day of the funeral they received a letter from Trillium that he had saved 5 lives. I am forever grateful for my extended life because a family made a choice to save mine.” – Rob Burtch
  • “I would have to say ‘What if you or your family member needed an organ and there wasn’t enough?’ Unless religion plays a factor in decision making than I would urge any and all to donate, it saves so many lives plus keeps just as many families together.” – Nicholas Evans
  • “Just think of how much you would be helping someone! I’m an organ donor and knowing that at such time as when I don’t need my organs, the fact that they could save someone’s life is so gratifying.” – Mackenzie Norris


Have insights you would also like to share? To be quoted in our blog please contact Terra at tgillespie@cysticfibrosis.ca