Increase Awareness about Organ and Tissue Donation

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Target: American public

Goal: Ask Americans to become organ donors and spread awareness of the growing need for organ transplants.

Right now, more than 117,000 people are waiting for an organ donation. Eight people die every day waiting for a donation that will not arrive in time. This growing need demonstrates a lack of awareness in the American public. One organ donor can help save up to eight lives, yet there are not enough Americans who choose to donate their organs to prevent the unnecessary deaths of these people.

A 24 year-old woman named Molly Pearce is currently in need of four organs to survive. She has a rare disease called Hirschsprung’s Disease, which prevents her intestines from being able to process food. She has been on a liquid diet and dialysis since last year, and is currently surviving without kidneys, a liver, or a pancreas all while her intestines are not functioning properly. Without a prompt organ donation, she might not survive much longer. Yet, there are not enough organ donors to ensure her survival, or the survival of thousands of other people in similar situations.

People often become squeamish when thinking about donating their organs after death. Thinking about one’s own eventual death can be frightening and it is difficult to plan for such an event. However, by choosing to be an organ and tissue donor now, people can rest assured knowing that they are making the ultimate sacrifice — saving the lives of people, who would otherwise die without these donations.

It is very simple to register to become an organ donor; you only need register at your local Department of Motor Vehicles or on the Department of Health and Human Services website. Please become an organ and tissue donor and help spread awareness about the growing need for organ and tissue donations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear fellow Americans,

Organ and tissue donors are in desperate need in our country. Eight people die every day because they are waiting for an organ donation that will not arrive in time. More than 117,000 people are currently on organ transplant lists, and just one donation can help save up to eight lives. Although it is difficult to think about what will happen to your body after death, making a commitment now to donate your organs will ensure that lives will be saved.

One woman named Molly Pearce currently needs four organs in order to survive. She is only 24 years-old and has been on a liquid diet and on dialysis since last year because of the rare Hirschsprung’s Disease that she has had since birth. She is currently living without a liver, pancreas, or kidneys and her intestines are not working properly. Without a prompt organ donation, she might not survive much longer. Her life, along with thousands of others, depends on your choice to become an organ and tissue donor.

Becoming a donor is simple: all you need to do is register at your local Department of Motor Vehicles or at the Department of Health and Human Services website. Please join us — become an organ donor and help to increase awareness about organ and tissue donation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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