While You Are Waiting

While You Are Waiting

We understand that waiting for an organ transplant can be difficult. You are not alone. Over 100,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for various types of transplants.

How long an individual waits depends on the type of organ needed. Sometimes even luck plays a part. While you’re waiting there are things that you can do to help promote donation for your benefit as well as that of others.

While LifeShare does not participate in fundraisers for transplant candidates, we are happy to provide limited supplies of materials for public education. Here are some suggestions on things you can do while you’re waiting to help increase the number of people registered as donors:

  • Ask your employer to conduct a donor drive at your place of business. It can be as simple as sending out an e-mail to all employees with a pro-donation message.
  • Schedule a presentation on donation at your school, church or civic group.
  • Become a roving bill-board.  Purchase a Donate Life NC license plate or place a Donate Life bumper sticker on your vehicle.
  • Send an e-mail message or letter to your family and friends encouraging them to sign-up as donors.
  • Support LifeShare events. The National Donor Sabbath in November is a great way to get congregations involved. Look for other opportunities on our web site.
  • Look for opportunities to promote donation in your community. If there are special events coming up such as a health fair or small-town parade, invite LifeShare to participate. (We cannot however participate in large county fairs, street festivals etc.)

Questions on what to expect while you’re waiting, life after transplant, etc. can best be answered by visiting www.transplantliving.org. There are also support groups for people in the region that help family members as well as patients.  The Central Carolina Liver Association can be contacted at mmszpara@bellsouth.net. Reach the NewHearts Transplant Support group at carolina.newhearts@gmail.com.