April is National Donate Life Month. The Center for Organ Recovery and Education and Donate Life West Virginia are working with Wendy’s restaurants in West Virginia to spread the word, encouraging residents to register as donors of organs, tissue or corneas.
Local folks witnessed first hand last month the inspiration borne of tragedy when the parents of 7-year-old Landon Taylor, of Newark, decided to allow Landon to give one more gift to others by becoming an organ donor. The decision by Landon’s family – made in the spirit of their little boy who would have “given the shirt off his back for another child” – gave hope for a better life to at least four other children. His heart, liver and both kidneys are making all the difference for those kids and their families, who will be forever grateful to Landon’s parents for their decision.
But there are still hundreds of thousands of people on waiting lists for organs or tissue in the U.S., 800 of them are West Virginians. One donor can help more than 50 of those people.
All it takes is a 30-second registration at Donate Life, donatelifewv.org. Financial donations this month will also go toward awareness campaigns and donor family resources, but the most important move you can make is to raise awareness of your own personal decision. If you choose to be an organ/tissue donor, it is vital you register and notify friends and family of your wishes.
“One of our goals is to help people understand the importance of becoming an organ, tissue and cornea donor,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. ” … it can make the difference of a lifetime.”