Organ donation is priceless gift

Published 11:32 am Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It may start with something as simple as checking a box on a driver’s license form. Or it may be a conversation with family about your wishes and desires. It could just be a matter of preparing some basic documents.

While none are particularly complicated, any of those could make all the difference in the world to a man, woman or child in need.

Many Americans and Ohioans say they support organ donation and are willing to make this designation. However, the reality is that many haven’t taken the proper steps or made the preparations to be donors.

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Thousands and thousands of Americans are on the recipient lists waiting for the transplants that will allow them the gift of life. This is a gift unlike any other and can make a difference in ways that are immeasurable.

Organ donation has always been plagued by myths and misconceptions. The most dominant — and also likely the most damaging — is that doctors will not do everything in their power to save the lives of patients who are on the organ donation list.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth and is patently false.

Organ donation has very little to do with individuals while they are living, everything to do with what happens after they pass away and their ability to provide life to others.

Lifeline of Ohio is an agency that has worked diligently for many years to educate and dispel the myths and to educate the public about organ donation.

Now is the perfect time to think about donation and to ensure that you have taken all the necessary steps so that your wishes will be carried out once you have moved on from this world.

A few moments now could mean a lifetime of memories for someone else.