With the recent passing of Cecil who has now became the oldest organ donor in the United States at 95, our deepest sympathies to his family for their loss. But we celebrate that, even at 95 years of age, Cecil has given another the gift of life.
While as always we have strong feelings as one family is grieving a loss while another family is now overjoyed given the gift of life because of an organ donor, we celebrate that even at the age of 95 you can potentially make a substantial impact on the life of another and their family.
Most people don’t give much thought to becoming an organ donor, or the deep impact this decision can have for those in need, but it is something that everyone should take the time to consider. In the United States, as well as in every developed country throughout the world, one out of every three people will die from cardiovascular disease. In the US, even with cardiovascular disease being the number one killer, only about 3,500 donor heart transplants take place each year. One out of three means, statistically, nearly every family has been or will be directly impacted by cardiovascular disease. And outside of the US, only about 1,500 total donor heart transplants take place each year. Everyone else whose life could have been saved by receiving a donor heart transplant unfortunately just die. The primary reason more lives cannot be saved is the incredible lack of donor hearts which can be used for transplantation.
So please consider becoming an organ donor and literally making a life-saving impact – just look at Cecil, it is never too late!
Stay safe & be well,