There isn't! But here are 10 reasons on why you should!
1. Organ donation is an opportunity to help others. People who are on an organ waiting list typically have end-stage organ disease that significantly impacts their quality of life and may be near the end of their life. Receiving an organ can become a life-changing event for these people
2. 60 is the number. Up to 60 people can benefit and heal from your combined donations of tissue, organs, and corneas. You have the power to give a mother, father, grandparent, friend, and a child back to their loved ones for a second chance at life.
3. Movement is magical. By your donation of tissues, ligaments, and bones you are able to give the gift of movement back to a person. Think of a child taking their first steps, a mother being able to run, and a friend being able to dance. The gift of movement changes a life.
4. The organ waiting list continues to grow. Everyday, there are nearly 124,000 people on the waiting list for an organ and approximately 10 additional people are added each day.
5. It could be you in need. It could be you, or your family members. Wouldn't you want the gift of life to be given to you or your loved ones? To be given a chance at life again? Life is unpredictable and you never know when an emergency or health condition will arise.
6. The list is blind. Unlike what most people think, the organ donor list does not prioritize the famous or the wealthy. You can be from any state, from any racial background, or male or female. According to Trans Web's article, "Organs are allocated according to strict rules that take into account physical matching, tissue and blood type matching, medical criteria, waiting time, severity of illness, etc."
7. Organ donation can be a rewarding and positive experience. It can help a family work through the grieving process and deal with their loss by knowing their loved one is helping save the lives of others.
8. Tattoo? No problem. According to The Wall Street Journal's article, "Anyone who dies can be considered as a potential donor, and tattoos don't preclude organ donations... Potential donors and organs are tested by doctors before a transplant is made."
9. Live donations? Possible? One of the most needed organs are kidneys. Over 3,000 people are added each month to the waiting list and 13 people die a day waiting for a kidney (National Kidney Foundation). As long as one kidney can support your bodily function of removing waste, you can donate one kidney while you are living. You are also able to give two lobes of your liver because over time your liver is able to regenerate itself (Organ Donor Gov)!
10. Not ready to donate life? A less major donation you can make is a blood donation. Every two seconds in the United States someone is in need of blood. To put it in perspective, Red Cross Blood states that a single car accident victim can need up to 100 pints of blood, while the average donation is only one pint. Donating blood is a completely safe process. Your body will replace the blood lost in only a matter of hours.
Bonus: Becoming a donor is easy.When you register to renew your license, simply check the box that asks if you’d like to be a donor. You can also log onto https://organdonor.gov to register.