There are 106,644 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list. That is someone’s mother, father, daughter, etc. What if that was your family? Would you be motivated to sign up as an organ donor? Or motivated to make a financial contribution?
At Organ Donation and Transplant Association, you can do both. ODTAA wanted to provide donors an easy way to make a difference. On ODTAA’s website, donors can learn more about the non-profit and how to register as a donor. Registering as a donor is simple, the website even gives you the steps to do so.
How To Register as An Organ Donor
The first step to registering as an organ donor is to learn more about organ donation. By learning more about organ donation, you can make an informed decision. This information will also come in hand when you talk to your family and friends.
The next step is to talk to your family and friends! Organ donation can be a huge decision, and you may want to talk to those around you before doing so. By talking to family and friends, you let them know that you wish to become an organ donor and how they can support you in doing so.
The third step is to complete your donor ID card. When you complete your Donor ID card, you keep it with your other personal information such as your driver’s license. This is in case of an emergency, officials can easily access your card and see you are a donor.
The last step is to remember to formally register. When you register as an organ donor, you are legally consenting to donate your organs. This means that your local motor vehicle department has to register you to become an official organ donor, or you can register at your state’s online registry. In order to formally register, you have to provide some identification such as your drivers license or photo ID number.
Registering to become an organ donor is quick and easy. 97 percent of American adult’s support organ donation but only 48 percent are registered to become an organ donor.
How To Financially Contribute
Even if you do not want to register as an organ donor, you still can make a difference. Financial contributions are greatly appreciated, as you help provide information on organ donation to others, fund sending out donor cards and so much more!
Donating is just as easy as registering to become a donor. To donate, click here. Then, you will be asked to select your dollar amount. You have the option to make a custom amount incase the amount you want to donate is not listed. Then, select if you want to make a one-time only donation or to donate monthly. Afterwards, you have the option to write a message about why you’re donating. If you’re donating due to knowing someone who received a transplant or you know someone who needs one, give them a shout out! Next, you’ll be asked if you want your donation amount and name to be posted on our website for others to see. Following donation amount and name, you’ll be asked if you want to honor or remember someone with your gift. Lastly, you click on the donate button and you’re done!
We hope after you read this blog, you register as donor or make a financial contribution. Doing either or both is quick and easy, and you’ll become one of the more than 130 million people over the age of 18 that have already registered as organ donors.