On Monday night, FF & I attended a Tweet Up. Only once before this had we entered into a situation where we only knew people virtually and were inviting them into our real lives. We exchanged real names (this is happening more by the way. As some of you cross from the twitter/blog land into FB friends. At some point I will slip up and give you my name. I suppose it’s not all that big of a deal.) and chatted over breakfast. It was nice! But Monday night was different because we had a purpose above & beyond socializing. We were there to learn about Organ & Tissue donation and being asked to spread the word. After some of the speeches I heard and the people I met, how could I NOT spread the word about this?! It was an AMAZING time (besides getting to see KatMaund & Brighieb again, meeting the awesome CheekoBear and introducing VermontAnne to twitter – good times!)!
I don’t know how things work in other states, but in Vermont we have a (wait! USED to have! I was going to take a picture of mine but it’s not there!) place on the back of our license to check whether or not we would like to donate our organs. You either signed it or you didn’t and that was that. Well, I’m here to educate you – THAT SIGNATURE IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, having your close friends and family members know your wishes isn’t enough. Say you had a terrible accident and were killed instantly (God forbid) and you didn’t have your license on you and no family was available immediately? There is a short window for organ donation and every second counts. If there was a registry, the hospital could pull up your name and BOOM! Know that it was ok to use your organs to extend the lives of others. Wouldn’t that be great? Well guess what…there IS a registry!!! In Vermont you just go to www.DonateLifeVT.org and in a few minutes you’re done. You even have the option of spreading the word to your friends with a handy e-mail template they give you. Again, this is for Vermont but I don’t doubt for a second that every state has something similar.
At this meeting we met two heart transplant recipients, a double kidney transplant recipient and the donor & recipient of a kidney. A man spoke about his 17 year old daughter’s tragic death and how her corneas helped someone else see the light of day again (or maybe for the first time ever!). We spoke about how Christine Taylor Green’s organs were used to help save the life of a little girl in Boston. Did you know that by becoming a donor, you could extend/save/enhance the lives of FIFTY others?! That’s crazy awesome amazing!!!! So what’s stopping you? Search the internet for your state’s registry TODAY! No one likes to think about their death, but think about the lives that could be saved by spending 5 minutes of your time. For more information and fun facts, I’ve posted them on Tumblr. Until then. XO