Certainly organ donation saves lives.
It's the one last gift you can give to mankind. And one donor can save or improve 50 lives.
We see lots of reasons why people should register as organ donors with no real downside.
Nationally there are more than 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. On average, 18 of those people die each day.
And becoming an organ donor is simple to do. In Washington, you can sign up by going to the website, donatelifetoday.com, or by calling 877-275-5269.
Organs can be harvested from people who are declared legally dead either through brain death or cardiopulmonary death, meaning they're being kept alive by a ventilator.
You should know that signing up as a donor won't prevent every lifesaving measure possible from being administered in your behalf.
If you designate yourself as a donor and are seriously injured, every effort will be made to preserve your life before you are considered for donation.
If you register as a donor through donatelifetoday.com, there is a chance your organs will be used for science. It says on their web page, that if your organs are harvested but a suitable recipient isn't located, your organs can be used for research.
So if they aren't used to save someone's life, they may be used for lifesaving research.
And, believe it or not, you're never too old to donate. According to the Mayo Clinic, organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s. You also don't have to be in the best of health.
If it's something you've been meaning to do, today is a good time to make the phone call.
It's also useful to make your wishes known to your family.
It's already a painful decision to remove someone from life support. Don't add to your family's burden of having to decide if your organs should be donated. Make that decision today.
It's worth noting that after most deaths, organs are unusable for transplants because too much time elapses before there's a chance to harvest them. Don't let uncertainty about your wishes add to the delay.
Along those same lines, but a decidedly different path, you don't have to die to donate some organs. A video at www.decisiontodonate.com tells the story of a man who decided to give a kidney to a friend. And, no, they are not related to each other.
Deceased donors can give kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart and intestinal organs. Living donors can give a kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung, intestine or pancreas.
We wholeheartedly support the idea of donating organs and encourage readers to take action today.
We know the option isn't for everyone. It's a very personal decision. Just don't let procrastination make it for you.