Roxanne Watson is an amazing woman. She’s just one of millions who have been affected by heart disease globally. But she’s putting her personal story of struggle and triumph to work for others in a major way.
After spending two agonizing years on the heart transplant waiting list, Roxanne was able to get the heart transplant that would save her life in 2010. She recuperated and became close with the family whose son – a registered organ donor – tragically died in a motorcycle accident, thus making his heart available.
And then Roxanne went to work, becoming a vocal advocate for organ donor education.
Her new job is to get as many people as possible to sign up to become an organ donor.
You see, heart disease claims more than 610,000 lives every year. Yet only around 5,000 cardiac transplants occur worldwide every year. In the U.S. alone, more than 100,000 citizens are on a transplant waiting list, and many others need to be on the list but do not qualify due to disqualifying factors.
The shortage of organ transplant donors is a real problem But Roxanne is doing her part, supporting the donor education and research work of organizations like LiveOnNY, the American Heart Association and others.
To date Roxanne has signed up 10,000 organ donors and is now setting her sights on 15,000.
BIOLIFE4D salutes Roxanne and her incredible mission to encourage donor participation – and ultimately save countless lives. It’s a mission that’s near and dear to BIOLIFE4D, as we look to develop a new 3D bioprinting process to create fully functional human hearts suitable for transplant, effectively complementing existing organ donor and transplant efforts.
It’s all about giving the gift of time. And you can help!