Giving the gift of life by making a blood donation is a wonderful way to help others who are in need and it is relatively easy to do. But are you registered to be a LifeGift donor?
Laura Frnka, director of communications with LifeGift says, “Every day, 18 people die in this country because there are not enough organs available for transplants. It is a health crisis and we have to get the word out there to Texans to make that choice to register to be donors.”
LifeGift is a non-profit organ procurement organization. They recover organs and tissue for those needing transplants in 109 Texas counties in north, southeast and west Texas. Frnka says it is easy to sign up to be an organ donor. “You can go to the Department of Public Safety when you get your driver’s license and the DPS will ask you if you’d like to be an organ donor.” She added that there will be a little red heart in the bottom right corner of your license that denotes you are a registered donor.
Frnka says most who sign up as donors are comforted to know that they are making something good out of an otherwise tragic time. In a way, they are leaving behind a legacy. You can become an organ donor by signing up at http://www.donatelifetexas.org. You can also sign up when you renew your registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Frnka recommends that you talk about your decision with loved ones and let them know that you want to be a donor. CLICK HERE to learn more about LifeGift and organ donation.