Courtesy Donate Life Texas Hey baby, want some of my organ....?
That's the good news. But here's the bad: "More than 120,000 men, women and children across the United States are waiting for a lifesaving transplant and nearly 12,000 of those are from Texas." Bottom line: "Each day, 18 people die because the organ they needed was not donated in time."
To commemorate National Donate Life Month, Done Life Texas is encouraging people to register as donors.
"Donation saves lives and restores families every day, but it can only happen when someone makes the important decision to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor," Donate Life Texas' Kevin Meyer stated in a press release. "You can offer hope to those waiting for a second chance."
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To register, you can visit Donate Life Texas' website; or you can do it in person at any Texas Department of Public Safety office when obtaining or renewing your license, or any Texas Department of Motor Vehicles location when renewing your registration.
According to the press release, the Donate Life Texas registry "is the nation's fastest growing, and one of only two in the nation that has registered more than 150,000 people in a single month."
There's really no reason not to register. Heck, even terrible human being/double-murderer Gary Gilmore requested that his organs be donated upon his execution by a Utah firing squad. A couple people got his corneas, and the Adverts got a kick-ass song.
To us, the opportunity to save a life is mind-blowing. We hope others who haven't yet registered feel the same way and sign up this month to be able to give the best gift they could possibly give.