September 20, 2021 11:17 am

Liver And Kidney Donation

My friend Jodi Tamen is the kind of person whose act of kindness can create a tidal wave of goodness across the country. I am proud to call her my friend. Since I am writing this article the day before Thanksgiving, I would donate a kidney like to give special THANKS to Jodi and others like her who make this world a better place.
Did you know over 4,500 people die each year waiting for a kidney? That seems like a lot of unwanted deaths, when people like you and me can help them

You only need one kidney to survive, so why don’t more people volunteer theirs? I know there are many people who can’t. If you have a genetic disease, high blood pressure, kidney stones or other dilemmas, you may be disqualified. But there are millions of us out there who can, but don’t donate a kidney.

I was recently talking to my sister about this because I’ve registered to donate a kidney at matchingdonors.com. She said she wouldn’t consider it, because what if her son needs one in the future. My reply to her was, “What if I walked across the street tomorrow and got hit by a bus.” My point is what if… we could ask those questions all day and all night. We would never have the exact answer of what might or will happen.

According to Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, over 80,600 people are on the list for a kidney transplant, and the number needing kidneys has risen by 86%, while only 31% receive kidneys. That’s 55% of people not getting kidneys. That’s 55% of people that we, you and me, can save.

I realize it’s a sacrifice to give up something… an organ… to someone that you don’t know. I realize that it’s giving up something, a part, of who you are. But really you are giving someone else something so much more. You are giving someone, a mother, a grandfather, a child… life. What better gift can you give someone?. Really there isn’t one.

Consider you needed a kidney… consider your sister, dad, grandma, niece, or child needed a kidney, but you weren’t a match. Your brother, mom, grandchild, none of them were matches.

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