April is National Donate Life Month, and 100,000 people in the U.S. are racing the clock for their survival. They need an organ transplant, and over half of these individuals will die before getting their life-saving operation.
The issue is not shortage of organs, but a shortage of donors, according to David J. Undis, executive director of LifeSharers (www.lifesharers.org), a non-profit network of organ donors.
In the time it takes for 8,000 of these transplant hopefuls to die, approximately 20,000 viable organs will be thrown away – buried or cremated with their owners. LifeSharers wants to change that by giving people a chance to save their own lives by agreeing to donate their organs after they die.