E-wareness: Organ and Tissue Donation






(April 2015)


Campaign Coordinator: Daniele Della Gala



From the time I was very young, I remember my mother talking about a very important personal decision. As a Registered Nurse, she had always shared with our family stories of hope and inspiration, for families who were given a precious gift—the gift of more time with a loved one. She spoke of the day she would be able to give others the gift of sight, the ability to breathe, or the hope to live through another day to many other people. My mother was in fact sharing her wishes about being an organ and tissue donor.

Though the topic of one’s inevitable end may sound like a strange or even morbid conversation topic, my parents approached the concept of what happens to one’s body after death with grace and compassion. The topic no longer seemed to be scary or awkward because we understood the importance of sharing one’s wishes with family members before a crisis.

The four children in our family had the moving experience to meet organ and tissue donors over the years and were deeply touched because we knew that beyond the number of physical recipients whose lives would forever be changed through a most generous gift from another human being was the fact that all the family members and friends would also experience the effect of such gifts.

Little did my family know that we, too, would experience first-hand what it means to rejoice in the receipt of the gift of more life. One of my father’s dearest cousins, a constant at many family gatherings, and a beloved teacher, received a liver that has saved his life and given him the ability to share precious moments with friends and loved ones, bestow upon my sister and her new husband the honor of having him present as the officiant at their wedding, and share his story of what it means to be given hope from another human being.

I encourage you to consider the possibility of helping to save or enhance over 50 lives with one decision. Visit http://organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/stateregistries.html to learn more about state organ and tissue donor registries.

Please explore the links below not only to learn staggering facts of the immense need for organ and tissue donors, but also to be moved by the inspirational stories of people of various ages, cultures, and experiences who have lived to share with the world how they are forever changed. As you learn about organ and tissue donors, inform others of your own wishes, and share news with family and friends. The extent of positive impact a discussion can have is worth the time when the discussion has the potential to save or enhance lives.

May you be inspired, and in turn, inspire others.



April is Donate Life Month!

The US Department of Health and Human Services http://www.organdonor.gov provides a great deal of information as well as free materials and resources.

http://donatelife.net offers stories of hope.

Donate Life America and Genentech partnered to develop a PSA to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation featuring PGA tour golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton.

The National Foundation for Transplants provides interesting facts about organ donation as well as helps individuals to find or become an NFT patient.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/consumer-health/in-depth/organ-donation/art-20047529  This section, devoted to “Organ donation: Don’t let these myths confuse you,” is informational and thought-provoking.

https://www.facebook.com/organdonor.gov  Whether or not you are on Facebook, this site offers links and information.

A segment from Katie Couric’s show captures the magnitude of the gift of life as a mother meets the boy who received her daughter’s heart.

OneLegacy’s website notes that they have 300 employees who provide the “complete range of services required to effectively recover donated organs and tissues, support donor families, and inspire diverse communities to donate life.” Their donation service area “serves 215 hospitals, 11 transplant centers, and a diverse population of 19.5 million in the seven-county greater Los Angeles area.” 24-hour organ/tissue donor referral line 800-338-6112


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The opinions expressed by guest speakers are those of the speaker(s) and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


4 responses to E-wareness: Organ and Tissue Donation

  1. Thanks, Daniele, for a very inspirational and informative program.

  2. I agree. It is such a simple and generous thing to do for others at days end.

  3. looking forward to learning more –

  4. Unfortunately I know first hand the effects of not having enough people signed up as donors. My wife lost her mother while we waited on the list waiting for a kidney.
    If anyone needs to be inspired to sign up as a donor feel free to contact me. I promise you after 10 minutes in a dialysis center you will find your inspiration.

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