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Nonprofit network helps promote organ donation

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2003

Regarding the story "Weyhrauch bill would clarify end-of-life wishes" (Nov. 7): Rep. Weyhrauch's bill will help save lives by getting people to think about organ donation. Unfortunately, most Americans that do think about it don't do anything about it. As a result, their organs get buried when they die and over 6,000 of their neighbors die needlessly every year waiting for a transplant operation.

The solution is simple and obvious - if you don't agree to donate your organs when you die, then you go to the back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ to live.

While the federal government isn't ready to make this commonsense change the law of the land, a grass-roots group of organ donors called LifeSharers is making it a reality one member at a time.

LifeSharers is a nonprofit network of organ donors. Members agree to donate their organs when they die, but they give fellow members "first dibs" on their organs. This creates a pool of organs available first to members. The existence of this pool gives other people an incentive to sign donor cards and join the network, and this incentive grows stronger as the network expands.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers at http://www.lifesharers.com. Membership is free.

David J. Undis

Executive Director,

LifeSharers

Nashville, Tenn.



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