We NEED organ donors. Here's why it's so important to become a donor.

One of my 2016 goals with my blog was to use my voice and reach to spread awareness about a cause that I am passionate about. I am so excited to share with you all that today is that day that I am using my voice to advocate for organ donation.

April is Organ Donation Awareness month, and it’s something that I think the world needs more education on. Let’s face it. None of us EVER want to have to think about donating our organs. I know that this is a very terrifying topic to think about, but I think it’s important to spread the word about why it is important.

We NEED organ donors. Here's why it's so important to become a donor.

Personal Connections

A few months ago, our friend lost their 13-year old step-daughter randomly and tragically due to a milk allergy. Her family was in complete shock, and went from having a normal day to planning her funeral in just hours. My stomach drops every time I think about that poor family and their loss. However, the sweet girl was an organ donor, and was able to donate her liver to a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant for his rare disease called Primary Hyperoxaluria. Our friends now have the comfort of knowing that part of their daughter lives on, and that she saved that baby boy’s life.

In addition, a good friend of mine from high school has a heart condition related to a birth defect and has had five heart surgeries throughout his life. He needed a tissue donation for a pulmonary valve when he was 17 for ongoing management of his cardiac condition, which he received by a donor.

Situations like these that involve personal friends of mine have really opened up my eyes and heart as to WHY it’s so important to advocate for organ donation awareness and educate about how you can register to be a donor.

I teamed up with a friend of mine, a pharmacy student at University of Wisconsin- Madison, to discuss with you the FACTS and EDUCATE you all on how YOU can become a donor. Kym suffers from a serious digestive illness and has personal ties to organ donation as well, so she has made it her mission this year to educate about the cause. She personally lost a friend the same age as her who suffered from a very severe form of a digestive illness she has to live with.  Unfortunately, her friend passed away a couple months after the transplant, but it made her so happy knowing she had a second chance at hope through her organ donor.

WHY is organ donation so important? 
-123,000 people in the U.S. are on the waiting list for an organ transplant
-10 people are added to that list every day
-22 people die a day before being able to receive a transplant
-79 average people who receive organ transplants a day

So what does that mean? We are at a SHORTAGE of organs for transplants!

Waiting list individuals have been diagnosed with an ULTIMATELY FATAL condition & suffer from end-stage organ failure. Some reasons are totally out of their control like genetic disease or becoming sick from a virus or bacteria. Their lives DEPEND upon receiving an organ or maybe even multiple organs. And sadly, we don’t have enough donors.

We take for granted what it’s like to be born healthy or have the ability to live a normal quality of life while others suffer in a hospital daily waiting for that second chance. Please, please PLEASE consider being a donor. You can register here: http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/

And just for fun, Kym started the ORANGE SELFIE movement to spread awareness to register to be a donor! (The orange represents the orange dot donor sticker on your driver’s license.) Join us by posting your orange selfie to indicate you are a donor to help advocate for organ donation!

Post an ORANGE SELFIE to raise awareness about ORGAN DONATION

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Thank you, friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Thank you Kym for helping me with this cause, and thank you to Michael for sharing his story with my readers.

Xoxo,

  • If I had an orange in my house I would take a selfie right now! Though, I think in Pennsylvania on my license it’s actually green haha. But anyway, yeah to me being an organ donor was a no brainer. When I got my license I immediately signed on for that. I always want to try and help people if I can, and if I’m going to die at least let some good come out of it, right?

    • Aw thanks for the support! So cool that we are on the same wavelength! Good for you, Becky!

  • Greta Hollar

    Such an important topic! Glad it’s being brought up. It’s always the first box I check when I renew my license!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Yay! Awesome to hear, Greta!!

  • Lauren Jane

    I love this! I don’t have an orange, but I’ll totally take one with a clementine. I am an organ donor and my husband became one after we started dating!

    • Aw so awesome. So cool he influenced you!

  • Michelle Mink

    I am an organ donor but now that i think about there is no dot on my license. maybe that depends on the state?

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Love this! In Missouri, we have a heart on our driver’s license if we are donors :) I wasn’t listed as one for a while, and then I was like: heck, why wouldn’t I want someone else to use my organs? I won’t need them anyways!

    • That’s how I feel about it! Good for you, Kelsie!

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    Just updated my Drivers License, proud to say I’m a donor!!

    • So awesome. Good for you lady!

  • Kim Munoz

    In 2010 I was placed on the liver transplant list. 6 years later I am stable but am still waiting. This post touched my heart. Organ Donation is one of those things that people don’t really think about until its right in front of them. I once got to talk to the President of Donate Life and hearing the struggle of why donation awareness is so hard to get out there was heart breaking. Its frustrating when so many other organizations are so well known but something that your life depends on is so unknown. Sorry for the rant. I will be buying me some oranges this weekend 😉

    • Kim: Heartbreaking!!! Hope you receive that transplant soon. I hope EVERYONE reads your comment. <3 Best of luck in your future!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    So fun! Love your selfie shots. one of my best friends had a liver donation 2 years ago from a 16 year old. Beautiful stories!

    • So beautiful. And powerful! Thank you for sharing that with me!

  • Great post that definitely got me thinking. I’m not a donor yet but after reading your post am considering it. You influenced me today to have a closer look into the topic and eventually become a donor myself. Thank you for inspiring me.

    • That is so AWESOME to hear!! Day = MADE!

  • What an amazing post!!! I LOVE that you are spreading awareness! Wow – milk allergies are really serious. How heartbreaking. :(

    • Yeah…I know. But so happy she should make a difference..

  • what a fabulous post!!

  • Nice post :)

  • This is such an important post! There was no question on my mind about whether or not to check off that organ donor box when I first got my drivers license. I love the orange selfie idea! I never realized it’s on orange dot… I’ll have to check my driver’s license to see if it’s the same here. :)

    • Well at least in Wisconsin it’s orange!

  • Love this, girl! I feel like this is something that so many people don’t even think of, but it’s SO important! I’ve been an organ donor always, and I would totally encourage others to do the same. I know people who’s lives have hinged on receiving a donated organ!

    • That’s crazy. I think the issue is so important and that everyone should be a donor.

  • Christina Rambo

    This is so important. Thank you for sharing these personal stories.

    • Thanks for following along!

  • I have been an organ donor for about twenty years. It is great that you are spreading awareness!

    • So awesome! Good for you.

  • I love that you are starting this movement and bringing an awareness to organ donation in a creative way! When we die we have no use for these organs, so donate them to someone who does!!

    • That’s what I believe in!!

  • What a great cause! I need to sign up to be a donor still

  • What a great way to spread organ donation awareness. i love the idea of taking pictures with an orange.

  • Great post and such a worthwhile cause. My sister received a heart and lungs from an organ donor so it’s something that is close to my heart.

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    • That’s so amazing! Thank you for sharing that with me!

  • Great Post. Very inspirational, and a worthwhile cause to spread awareness for.
    The truth is, it does terrify me to think about it :/
    Sarah xx whimsicalmumblings.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks for reading, Sarah! So happy you are on board with us! :)

  • Kymberly Ludwig

    LOVING the response this has sparked!! Keep spreading awareness everyone!! (And yes, the orange dot is unique to WI donors, but the selfie w/ the orange was just a way to raise awareness & get people interested & notice the post! I mean who wouldn’t pause to wonder why someone was taking a selfie w/ a piece of fruit 😉 haha).

    • Right! Thanks for everything, Kymmie! You are so awesome and inspirational!

  • Heather Gee Davis

    I love the orange selfie movement! I’m an organ donor and it is so important!

    • Thank you so much for reading!

  • I’m an organ donor & super proud of it! Go you for bringing this topic up, you don’t hear many talk about this!

    • Aw so awesome of you, Megan!!! Proud of you!!