Death is not an easy subject to address for anyone! But, is must be addressed, in my view, especially for those in their later years. Everyone is going to die sooner or later...and by donating it for good use, I feel like I'm doing something worthwhile after I leave the Earth, etc.
From: National Transplant Society:
If you could save up to eight lives...would you? If you could improve the changing heatlh improvements to as many as 50 people...would you? You can do exactly that! More than 7,000 Americans are in need of organs every year...and more than 90,000 are waiting for the Gift of Life on the National Transplant waiting list.
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In 2009, I live in a quiet, little one-horse town of Albuquerque, New Mexico with a population of more than 500,000. And yes...and amazingly...we do have running water here; electricity; and in-door facilities! (WOW...that's cool! What a country...what a state! Where is this state located?)
For those of you around the world, who may not know where the state of New Mexico is located, I'll try to put it on the map for you. The state of New Mexico is located in the southwestern part of the United States; our good neighbors to the east is the state of Texas; our good neighbors to the north is the state of Colorado; our good neighbors to the west is the state of Arizona; and our good neighbors to the south is the country of Mexico.
The following (copyrighted) article on becoming a donor, was written by Oliver Uytbrouck, and published by the Albuquerque Journal on August 19, 2009. The article is entitled; "Becoming Organ Donor Easy With New Website." The article is as follows:
"Becoming an organ donor became easier on Tuesday (8-19-09), when the state of New Mexico unveiled a new web-based registration system. Until now, New Mexican's could only register as an organ donor, when they got a driver's license or a state ID.
The new system allows people to register by filling out a few lines at the New Mexico Organ and Tissue Donor registry's Website. 'There are hundreds of thousands of people who have not signed up, and we'd like to get every one of them on board,' said Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue...the agency Motor Vehicle Division oversees the registry.
A computerized database, associated with the website will help medical personnel identify someone as a registered organ donor in the crucial moments after a tragic accident, Homan said.
Organs that can be transplanted are the heart; kidneys; pancreas; lung; liver; and intestines. Tissues include the eye or cornea; heart valves; tendons; bone; skin and veins. The website also allows donors to specify any organs or tissues they want to exclude from donation.
Governor Bill Richardson on Tuesday (8/18/09), was the first to register on the new website during a news conference in the Capital Rotunda. The state of New Mexico, paid for the site with $115,000 grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. (Access to the new site; www.nmdonor.org)
'New Mexico's registry now lists about 877,000, or about 50% of eligible donors,' said Maria Sanders,spokeswoman for the New Mexico Donor Services, a non-profit group that oversees the state's organ donor program. The online system will also make it easier to recruit potential donors, Sanders said. For example: Donor Services plans to set up booths at Expo New Mexico, and other public events, and encourage people to register on the spot.
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People who live in other states, can check with their Motor Vehicle Department, etc.
As I said previously, I respect everyone to do with their body as they see fit. But for me, it's a feel, good, feeling to know that my body will be put to good use, after my death. I encourage everyone to become an organ donor...the Gift of Life!
Generosity...a feel good feeling for sure!
NOTE: After registering with the Donate Life New Mexico, I received the following receipt by email;
"Dear Jerry Aragon;
Thank you for signing up with the Donate New Mexico Registry. Under the Jonathan Spralding Uniform Anatomical Act of New Mexico, you have now guaranteed that your wish to be an organ/tissue donation will be honored. By exercising your power to donate life, you are helping thousands of people in need of organ and tissue transplants."
Donate Life New Mexico Registry
UPDATE: (February 1, 2010)
A brief article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on February 1, 2010 and it reads as follows:
"Organs donated by New Mexicans made possible 151 life-saving transplants in 2009. Up 30 percent from the previous year, New Mexico Donor Services reported.
In all, 51 New Mexicans donated organs in 2009, New Mexico chalked up 234 eye donations and 182 tissue donations, which are used for cornea, bone, tendon, skin and heart valve transplants.
New Mexicans who signed up as organ and tissue donors, increased 21 percent in 2009, the non-profit group reported. To register as an organ or tissue donor, visit www. DonateLifeNM.org or call 505-843-7672."
Article title: We're All Going to Die Sooner or Later (Graceful Exit)
The following article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on December 22, 2010 and is entitled, "Give the Gift of Life"
"There are presents that can't be wrapped and placed in a stocking or underneath the tree. They are the gifts that make the ultimate difference in the life of the recipient and the lives of their loved ones.
They include the ability to walk. To see. To live. They require an open mind and an open heart. After that, all it takes is a check mark on the driver's license form or a mouse click at www.DonateLifeNM.com. They come from the special class of people who make the decision to donate life. (check at your state's Motor Vehicle Department)
Bernadette Tohisoni is one of those people. When she lost her 4-month old son to violence in 1998, she says she had several religious visions with one underlying theme; that her 'son died to save others.' And she tempered her Native American belief in the body remaining intact with the loving pragmatism of 'if your family member is extremely ill and a transplant is the only way to save them, you would hope somebody would be there to donate that organ. So you be there for someone else.'
Her baby Joseph lives on in a San Francisco girl who received his liver and a Colorado girl who was near death when she received his heart.
You can save the lives of up to nine people by signing up to be an organ donor; you can improve the lives of up to 50 by agreeing to donate tissue. More than 100,000 people are on the organ transplant lists; a million need a tissue transplant each year.
Open your mind and your heart. You can check the box whan you go to renew your driver's license, or go to (check with your state's Motor Vehicle Department) and sign up now.
When the time comes to give, your gift will change lives for the better."
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Another short editorial appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on April 13, 2011 and it reads;
"Donate Life to Others"
"The power of one.
One organ donor can save the lives of up to nine people...with the transplants of kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and intestines. One tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 50 people...with the transplants of corneas, heart valves, skin, bone, tendons and veins.
According to New Mexico Donor Services, more than 110,000 people await organ transplants in the U.S.; nationally...19 people die each day waiting. In New Mexico, 680 people await organ transplants.
You, too, can impact the lives of others. Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed April as Donate Life Month. You can register at Motor Vehicle Division offices when obtaining a driver's license or online at www.NMdonor.org. For information visit www.DonateLifeNM.org or call 505-843-7672.
As life renews itself this spring, what better time to give the gift of life to others."
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(People in other states can call their Motor Vehicle Department) We all have heard the old saying; 'It's better to give...than to receive.' This is a great way to give and to celebrate life, in my view...and everyone who does this act of kindness...can be proud of themselves for doing so...Jer.
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