This summer just seemed to fly by. I’m not sure what happened to the “lazy days of summer!”
As the school year starts, we are beginning to fill our calendar with dates to give presentations about organ donation to middle school students. Many of the students know someone who has been affected by the need for a transplant or they may know someone who was a donor. Occasionally, they have a classmate who was affected by the need for transplant.
Currently, there are 5 children between the ages of 6 – 17 on the Utah waiting list. That may not sound like very many, but keep in mind that these are kids; someone’s son, daughter or best friend. They are not numbers. What will the new school year hold for these children? Some might be able to attend school. Others may be confined to a hospital while they wait. The reality is one or more of these children may not make the wait for transplant.
Educating students before they get their driver license, gives them the opportunity to think about organ donation, discuss what they have learned with their family and be prepared to make a decision about organ donation.
While we may not want to think about our own mortality, or that of our children, the reality is that there are some things that we need to consider; like purchasing life insurance, making out a will and organ, eye and tissue donation.
With that thought in mind as the kids go off to school, please discuss donation with your family and then say yes to donation on your driver license or go to www.yesutah.org.