Why I Blog

 I’m new at this but I blog (I guess blog is also a verb) because I am a heart transplant patient and want to increase the number of organ donors.  I always supported organ donation but until I developed heart disease it never occurred to me that I might need an organ.  Has it ever occurred to you? 

Did you know that one organ/tissue/eye donor can save or positively affect up to 60 lives?  There’s a slogan, “Don’t take your organs to heaven, heaven knows we need them here” that makes a great deal of sense.  We know how many people die every year while waiting for organs, but I wonder how many healthy, useful organs are buried each year because people didn’t understand the need or didn’t take the time to become donors.

Increasing the number of organ donors is a simple goal but impossible to achieve alone, so I started the Facebook group, “Organ Transplant Patients, Friends and You,” a group open to anyone interested in organ transplantation — anyone. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15612565382    

The need for more organs is well established.  LifeQuest, a Florida Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) that coordinates organ transplants, lists the following facts on their website: http://www.lifequestfla.org/

  • As of August 31, 2007, there were 97,000 people on the national organ waiting list.  

  • Roughly 17 people die each day waiting for organs (Bob’s note — that’s over 6,000 unnecessary deaths a year).

  • A new name is added to the waiting list every 13 minutes.

  • There were only 8,024 deceased organ donors in 2006.

  • There were only 6,733 living donors in 2006 (Living donors are those who give a kidney or portion of their liver or lung to a relative or friend).

  • In the year 2006, there were 28,923 organ transplants performed in the United States.

My life was saved on August 21, 2007 by a very generous, kind and courageous stranger.  There is a monumental need for many more generous strangers — millions more.  We can stop the dying, we can make sure that anyone who needs an organ gets one but we need to work together.  Please join our group, read, contribute, discuss and spread the word.  Someone’s life depends on it and it could be yours or someone very dear to you. 

About Bob Aronson

Bob Aronson is a former journalist, a Minnesota Governor's Press Secretary and talk show host. For nearly a quarter of a century, he led the Aronson Partnership, a Minnesota-based communications consultancy that prepared corporate and government executives for crisis situations, regulatory testimony, media interviews and Presentations. Among his clients were all three U.S. Mayo Clinic locations, 3M, general Mills, CH2M Hill, the U.S. Department of Energy and scores more. In 2007 bob had a heart transplant after suffering from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy for 12 years. Shortly after he got his new heart he founded the now 4,300 member Facebook support group, Organ Transplant Initiative. At the same time, he established the Bob's Newheart blog where he has posted nearly 300 columns on organ donation, transplantation and other health related issues.

Posted on December 7, 2007, in waiting for organs. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thomas H Johnson

    Great to hear that you are doing well !!! It is very cold up here.



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