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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2006
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Group matches organ donors with recipients

To The Daily: LeVar Morrow (Nov. 2 edition) was lucky to get a kidney and pancreas transplant. More than half of the 93,000 Americans on the national waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. More than 6,000 of their neighbors die every year as a result.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who arenít prepared to share the gift of life should go to the back of the transplant waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a nonprofit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. They do this through a form of directed donation that is legal in all 50 states and under federal law.

Anyone can join for free at www.lifeshar
ers.org or by calling (888) 674-2688.

LifeSharers has 6,277 members, including 74 members in Alabama. More than 600 of our members are minor children enrolled by their parents.

David J. Undis

Executive director

LifeSharers

Nashville

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