But, acceptance of donor cards
had always been a major concern for patients.
CARRYING a donor card
is a small thing but it can make such a huge difference to someone else's life.
I have been writing about organ and tissue donation and transplantation for almost 36 years, the last 20 as editor and publisher of Transplant News--the only independent newsletter covering organ donation and transplantation-organs, tissues, eyes, bone marrow and stem cells When I became director of public relations for the National Kidney Foundation in 1976, there was no national organ donation recruitment program other than the NKF's Gift of Life Program, which asked Americans to sign organ donor cards
and tell their next of kin of their desire to donate their organs and tissues when they died.
If this were the case I would then start carrying a donor card
Pope Benedict, 83, had a donor card
back in 1999, six years before he was elected to the papacy, and at the time, he described the donation as an "act of love", saying he carried it, with all his personal details on it, at all times.
Gender, for example, has been examined with studies suggesting that females are more aware of donor programs, are more willing to carry a donor card
, and become an organ donor (Hayward & Madill, 2003; Minniefield, Yang & Muti, 2001; Thompson, Robinson & Kenny, 2003).
In order to encourage religious organ donation, a special donor card
will allow harvesting only according to the strictest letter of Jewish law.
I have carried a donor card
now for more than 30 years.
The Commission has launched the idea of a European donor card
with the aim of increasing organ availability.
I have always carried a donor card
and I would ask everyone to consider carrying a donor card
or to register with Donor UK online.
The former system of having potential organ donors put a pink dot sticker on their driver's license and carry a donor card
was ineffective, said Taubman, a kidney recipient and president of the San Fernando Valley/Ventura chapter of TRIO -- Transplant Recipient International Organization.
Becoming a donor isn't complicated: Either request a donor designation on your driver's license or carry a signed donor card
Another interesting finding is that choosing to sign a donor card
is somehow tied to individual religious beliefs and other attitudes that contribute to perspectives on perceptions of life and death.
TKPA Secretary, Caroline Quinn, said: "This story has a moral, just one signature on a donor card
can have astonishing results as Michelle has shown, so if you haven't already got one, carry a donor card
He carried a donor card
and, although devastated by their sudden and traumatic loss, his family decided to honour his wishes.