LET Talk is cheap: Be an organ donor

I have read with great interest your recent articles on organ transplants. Your editorial on Monday, May 12, was excellent, and it is good to keep raising the issue of organ donations.

I note that your statistics (92 percent of respondents support organ and tissue donation) seem to indicate that the campaign for donor awareness has been won. This is ironic because according to UNOS, the number of donors increased from 5,300 in 1995 to 6,100 in 2001. This is an anemic 2.2 percent per year. During this same period, the number of people waiting for a transplant has almost doubled from 43,000 to 82,000. From this data it is evident that most people believe in organ donations but haven't been moved to become a donor yet.

While your editorial was factual and accurate, I couldn't help but feel that it needed an injection of passionate plea to try to move all of us to action. I would like to try to add that passion now.

Hey out there, especially you young folks getting your drivers' licenses for the first time, be an organ donor. Make sure you check the box on your application. This makes a huge difference. Pressure your peers. It is cool to be an organ donor. Get with it.

Please, please, please just do it.


William; A. Mackey Jr.


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