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Organ And Tissue Donor – To Be Or Not To Be? [POLL]

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April is National Donate Life Month and with it comes staggering statistics and some facts that are well known and some not so much.

Join me this Saturday, April 27th at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery at the Promenade Shops at Centerra for a live road show on behalf of “Donor Alliance and Donate Life – Colorado.”  We’ll explore some facts and myths and find out what it actually takes to be a donor.

I have only met a handful of people during my life’s travels that didn’t think being an organ donor was such a good thing; mostly based on myths that later proved untrue like never being able to have an open casket funeral, or that your body wasn’t treated with dignity as they harvested organs etc.  The biggest was probably their religion didn’t allow it or just didn’t want to based on their personal religious beliefs when it comes to our “soul.”

Facts:

  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives
  • The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes
  • Each year, more than one million people need life-improving tissues, and eyes and 115,000 lives each year depend on it
  • On average, 18 people die everyday from lack of an organ transplant
  • All major religions support organ/tissue donation
  • The success rate for organ transplants is between 80 and 90 percent
  • 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor

I know most of us have indicated on our drivers license that we have agreed to be organ donors so why is their a National Registry?  Join me this Saturday to find out the answer to this and other questions during my live road show from the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery starting at 10 AM.

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