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I Am a Donor MAG

April 24, 2009
By miller.emmy BRONZE, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
miller.emmy BRONZE, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? If you have the word “donor” on your driver’s license or permit, you may just get to be one. Knowing you can save lives by simply checking a box on a piece of paper is a great feeling. The day I went to the Public Safety Building in my small town, I knew I was making a life-changing decision.

In November 2008, I applied for my driving permit. A lady started to explain what being a donor meant, and I immediately checked the box. I clearly understood that being a donor is about saving lives when your life can’t be saved. I have experienced tragedies, and some of those people who died could have been saved by an organ, blood, bone marrow, or other transplant procedures. Saving a life is a personal goal of mine. When I can’t live any longer, I want to help as many people as possible. Will you save someone’s life one day?

Transplant: this word may sound scary, but you can choose to think of it as saving a life. Organs such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas, heart, lungs, and small intestines are transplanted every day. The most important issue in transplants is matching the donor and recipient. Blood type and organ size are the two biggest factors in a transplant, along with the health of both people, according to the website Transplant Living.

When you hear the word donation, what do you think of? Most people picture money, food, or blood. Donating blood can save lives. But just one organ or tissue donor can save the lives of more than 100. ­Tissue donations include bone marrow, tendons, corneas, veins, heart valves, and skin.

Making a blood donation is most common, and when I turn 16, I am going to donate blood. I also plan to donate marrow in case someone close to me or any patient needs it. Please help save a life too.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to make a difference. When I was three, I was run over by a car. The tires went over my head. My parents were terrified, not knowing how things were going to play out. After my accident, my father became a superhero by training to be an EMT. He is also a donor, but as an EMT, he has saved many lives. He is now a nurse in a local emergency room.

Organ, tissue, and other transplants save up to 500,000 people each year. My cousin ­Nikki had leukemia and stomach cancer, and she went though many procedures and transplants before she died at 16. Without those donations and transplants she would not have lived for the five years after her diagnosis – four years more than she had been given by the doctors. Nikki was ­given hope by donations from strangers.

Don’t just sit back and relax – make a difference. Become a donor, be a superhero, save lives.

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This article has 13 comments.

on Jan. 16 2012 at 7:53 pm
This article has touched me deeply. It brought tears to my eyes. My dad was recently saved by two live transplants. You are making a huge difference and I thank you for that.

on Jul. 16 2010 at 5:08 pm
This is a great idea! I want to donate blood when I'm old enough. Great job.  

on Jan. 20 2010 at 10:50 am
Toxic-NigHtMaRe BRONZE, Columbus, Montana
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Favorite Quote:
"If it makes you less sad, I will die by your hand
Hope you find out what you are; already know what I am...
A crown of gold, a heart that's harder than stone
And it hurts to hold on, but it's missed when it's gone" -Brand New-

I too have been affected by this my mother is and emt and she has save my life personally and the lives of several others in my town and she is my superhero.

on Dec. 29 2009 at 2:06 pm
kiwi12 PLATINUM, Austin, Texas
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Yes. Thank you.

A few people in my family had to go through bone marrow transplants... its scary stuff.

This is definitely considered superhero stuff! Wonderful job.

on Nov. 15 2009 at 12:59 pm
miller.emmy BRONZE, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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I'm glad that this piece took an affect on youu !!

on Nov. 15 2009 at 11:13 am
CaseyLeigh PLATINUM, Moraga, California
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Favorite Quote:
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

Powerful--this piece gave me chills!

on Jul. 22 2009 at 7:06 am
AishaLee BRONZE, Utopia, New York
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Speaking for those of us who have received organs I would like to thank you for posting this article.

I appreciate you trying to spread the word and to help others understand the importance of donating their organs.

on Jun. 16 2009 at 8:42 pm
practicerandomkindness, Rindge, New Hampshire
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I will definately do this when I get my permit.

on Jun. 16 2009 at 3:52 pm
totalbookworm96 BRONZE, Granger, Indiana
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This was a really good article. A lot of informative nonfiction can get really boring, but you are able to make it interesting. Good job, you're a great writer!!

miller.emmy said...
on Jun. 13 2009 at 5:52 am
I am glad that I can make a difference somehow. It really means alot that my story can reach people and take affect. This article is 100% true, the stories and all. Thank you for the comments and ratings. I hope you all can make a difference someday! (:

on Jun. 10 2009 at 4:24 pm
swimmergirl GOLD, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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This is so true. Maybe I will become a super hero for someone.

on Jun. 6 2009 at 11:45 pm
Pamela_Rachelle SILVER, Eastview, Kentucky
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I'm going to do this when I get my permit.

Kim Kennedy said...
on May. 6 2009 at 8:39 pm
Those wishing to sign up to be a donor can find out how to do so in their state by visiting www.donatelife.net and clicking their state on the map.