A Selfless Act, Lives Saved, and a Chain of Events

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Eight for the Price of One?

Imagine for a moment that your life was on the line, and all it took was swapping out an organ for you to live. Not just to live, but to thrive? Maybe it's not your life. Maybe it's your child's life. You may recall a post recently, "I Got a Hug Today - Consider Being an Organ Donor." The experience that brought about that post not only changed my day, but opened my eyes and communication with people I would never have met otherwise.

There's someone I want to introduce you to, and her name is Tracey. It's a bit of an odd course of events, but I met Tracey because I saw a sign in the back window of a car that someone needed a kidney. I never imagined that seeing that sign would introduce me to someone who has a way of looking at the world that doesn't seem to comport with everyone else's.

When Tracey was faced with the idea of donating an organ to a complete stranger, her first reaction was something like, "Of course I would. Why wouldn't I?" 

Now, there are a couple of very interesting points I'd like to call your attention to as they were brought to my attention just recently. The first by Rachel (the daughter that needs a kidney), and the second by Tracey, who donated her kidney to a complete stranger.

 Sign in the back window of a car in the parking lot at Starbucks

Sign in the back window of a car in the parking lot at Starbucks

  1. If you find a donor to donate to you, but they are not compatible and yet they donate their kidney to someone else, it raises you higher on the list for available donations.
  2. There are state and national donor chains wherein one donor donates and prompts another and so on. (We'll see if Tracey can write up a post about it in the forum so it makes more sense, and we'll link to that so you can learn more).

I've read recently that becoming an organ donor can save up to eight lives. Eight for the price of one! That's not too bad. I don't mean to be morbid, or trivialize life by any means, but I want to look at the practicality of the situation. I personally don't see any reason why one would not choose to be an organ donor when they have the opportunity of saving so many lives. 

Make sure to read Tracey's story in her profile below. You'll see just what an inspiration she is, and you might learn something you didn't know that might save someone's life.

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Where Can I Learn More?

Please join us in the forums under the topic Organ Donation - Donation Chains - Spreading the Word 

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