110,000 AMERICANS NEED an ORGAN TRANSPLANT
MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON ORGAN DONOR WAITING LIST
The largest stadium in the United States doesn’t have enough seats to hold all of the men , women and children in the country who are waiting on an organ transplant.
While awareness about the need to donate an organ is growing, the number of people deciding to become a donor is not growing as fast as needed to save lives.
Donate Life, a non profit dedicated to spreading the word about becoming a donor, is sponsoring a 5k run/walk Saturday April 1st at Woodfruff Park in Uptown Columbus. Registration starts at 8am. The event starts at 9 am. It’s free.
The purpose of the event is to get people to ask questions, and to give them the answers they need to become comfortable with being a donor.
“Many of the objections I hear,” says Carla Hawkins of Donate Life, ” are rooted in old wives tales and superstitions.” “Many people think their doctor knows who has signed a card and could make life or death decisions based on that information. But, it’s not true. Your doctor has no idea you have agreed to donate organs. ” Most of the time, she says, people are relieved when they hear the truth, especially the truth about how many lives can be saved or improved when just one person becomes a donor.
Signing a donor card is only the first step. Once you sign the card, according to Hawkins, you should still tell your family what your wishes are once you have passed. They will likely be asked permission to follow through with your wishes. Letting them know is very important.
The 5 k run/walk is free. There will be food and vendors and prizes for individuals and groups. “Come with your questions and we’ll have the answers for you,” says Hawkins.