Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be a Hero and Be a Donor


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By Nurse Diane

Today is Valentine’s Day, and it’s also National Donor Day.  Not only can you go down to the local red cross and donate some blood, you can also go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and sign a donor card to donate any organs needed should anything unfortunate happen to you.  According to usa.gov: currently, over 100,000 people are waiting for an organ donation, and each day, 18 people die waiting for an organ.
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February 14th is recognized across the country as National Donor Day. The nationwide event focuses on five types of donation:


Organs;

Tissues;

Marrow;

Platelets; and

Blood.

Many nonprofit organizations hold blood and marrow drives as well as organ and tissue sign ups to encourage those who are able to donate to do so as often as possible.

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One organ can save up to 8 lives.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as many nonprofit organizations, National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers.
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So today, on Heart Day, why not sign a card to donate your heart, or anything else, or just donate a pint of blood and be a hero and save a life!

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