What if you knew that every 10-minutes, another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list? That’s the staggering statistic from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), which also encourages you to register in your state to be an organ donor.
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The source notes there are currently more than 118,000 people are currently awaiting a life-saving organ transplant, although the good news is that the number of transplants is on the rise in the past 5-years (though not nearly at the pace to meet the need). Since April is “Be a Donor Month”, let’s look at six reasons you should be one…
1. You Could Save Eight Lives
If you knew you could save one life, you’d probably do it, right? That’s hero status right there. Well, what if you could save eight? According to LiveOnNY.org, a single organ donor can save up to 8-lives. Now that’s superhero status, last time we checked.
The source notes that aside from saving lives for those awaiting transplants, you could improve the lives of 50-people by signing up to donate tissues and eyes. Now that’s helping a lot of people at once!