Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Give The Gift of Life, Become An Organ Donor

There are currently more than 99,500 people on a waiting list in the United States to receive an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Every 12 minutes a new name is added to the waiting list. Every 18 minutes, a person on the list dies because they couldn't find a donor.
Through the first half of this year, there were nearly 7,000 organ donations made in the United States, giving others a second chance at life. Sometimes organs were donated to loved ones, while other times the patient was a complete stranger.
Regardless, the results were the same: people whose life expectancies were limited got another chance to play catch with their sons and daughters, hold their grandchildren, walk in the mountains or feel the sand between their toes as they stroll along a beach.
For 10 years now, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and all of our fans have celebrated life through rock-n-roll. We all raise a toast each performance and proclaim, "Here's to life!" By becoming an organ donor, the Peace Core community can do more than simply celebrate life, they have the ability to actually save a life.
For the tens of thousands of people waiting for a donor, they know they are in a race against time. The odds of finding a donor or having their name come up on the list before it's too late, are small.
PH Naffah knows first-hand the frustrations of waiting for a donor. PH's father-in-law is in need of a kidney transplant. All his life, Sheldon Blechman has cared for others. And even in his failing health, Mr. Blechman still continues to provide aid to his family, friends, and community.
Mr. Blechman's story, as well as hundreds of others like him, can be found at the website The website, which has been featured on CNN, tries to help patients in need of organs get in touch with donors.
You can also find out more about organ donation at Every state has a place you can register to be an organ donor, and most all states have a place you can declare you're an organ donor on your driver's license.
Even if you can't donate an organ, there are other ways to help, such as the Kidney Car program sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation. More information can be found at
By becoming an organ donor, you have the opportunity to give one of the greatest gifts one can give.

Thank You For Your Time..

Here's to Life!


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