The Power of One Percent
300,000,000 US Population
2,400,000 Deaths per year
950,000 In-hospital Deaths per year
15,000 Potential Organ Donors per year
8000 Actual Organ Donors per year
141 LifeCenter Northwest Organ Donors in 2010
544 Patients Transplanted!
Less than 1% of all deaths are eligible to be organ donors. Less than 1% are given the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy, to be a hero. Yet the impact of this rare opportunity is immeasurable – from the gift of comfort given to the donor’s family to have something positive rise from their heartbreaking loss to the gift of life given to the recipients and their loved ones who get even one more moment together, no other action can have such a lasting impact.
To the nurse in the ICU, the family member at the bedside of a loved one, the doctor caring for a dying patient, the friend consoling a friend through a tragic loss – if you find yourself in the midst of a donation opportunity, think about the significance of giving a lasting gift. Always remember just how important 1% can be.