If you had the chance to save up to eight lives in your lifetime, would you? According to organdonor.gov, you can by registering as an organ donor.
April is National Donate Life Month, and for Kori Jo Bennett, Senior Engineering Technology Analyst, this year marks the 10-year anniversary of her kidney donation to her father. “The doctors said my father would be on a wait list for seven years for a kidney,” said Bennett. “I was very lucky that I was a match, otherwise he wouldn’t have survived.”
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), fewer than 18,000 kidney transplants were completed in 2015 while there are more than 100,000 people currently waiting for a kidney donation. This massive gap is causing thousands of people to lose their lives every year.
“Donating my kidney has not affected my life at all from a health standpoint,” said Bennett. “My surgery was 10 years ago and the surgical advances since then have made the impact on the donor even smaller.” Even if you are currently registered as an organ donor, it’s still important to communicate your wishes with your family members so they can understand your decision.
“It is a life or death waiting game for organs,” said Bennett. “I encourage everyone to do their research and talk about the lives we can all save by registering as an organ donor.”