By Margaret Mitschke*
While February is famously known for Valentine’s Day and National African American History Month, there are many other official holidays and reasons to celebrate the second month of the year. This first blog of the “National Days in February” Blog Series is about National Organ Donor Day on February 14th.
The United States Department of Health & Human Services and OrganDonor.gov celebrate February 14th as National Donor Day. The national event focuses on “five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood”. The event was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers, with the support of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
About Organ Donation
OrganDonor.gov provides information about how to register to become an organ donor after death in your state. The state registry for Texas is Donate Life Texas, and registration takes just 60 seconds on their website. There are options on the registration page to become an organ, eye, and tissue. A record of your commitment is kept in the system, and makes the matching system for those in need or organ donations fast and easy for hospitals. According to the Donate Life Texas website, there are 121,815 individuals on the transplant waiting list in Texas, and over 8 million registered donors.
Another way to make sure your wishes are known, whether it be about wanting to be an organ donor, or any other wishes, consider having an attorney draft documents like advanced directives, wills, and powers of attorney for you. These documents put your desires in writing, and are legal documents that can help ensure your wishes are carried out when you cannot speak for yourself. Student Legal and Mediation Services has a full-time, free to students, on campus attorney that can help draft these documents. For more information about these legal documents, and the preparation process for them, reference our “Who Talks When You Cannot?” blog on the subject. If you are interested in having these documents drafted or reviewed, please feel free to contact us and make an appointment at (936) 294-1717, or visit our office in the Lowman Student Center, Room 330.