Time to End The Disgrace — Some Tips

100,000 people waiting for organs, 18 dying every day and too littlle help is available.    Why is it that so many people are not organ donors?  How can these thousands of cries for help be ignored by so many when the effort to correct the situation is so small.  Just say, “yes” to organ donation when renewing your drivers license, it is that simple.

All of us ask ourselves what more can we do to increase organ donation.  Well, let me offer a few ideas on how to more agressively pursue the goal of zero deaths from lack of available organs.

1.   Ask your friends and neighbors if they are organ donors.  If they are not urge them to do so by helping them commit through Donate Life America or your local OPO (organ procurement organization). 

2.   Write letters to the editor of your local paper about the need for organs.

3.  Ask  your priest, pastor, Rabbi or other clergyman to include organ donation in a sermon or in the church bulletin.

4.  Write to, or talk to your elected representatives to encourage them to promote organ donation in all of their contact with constituents.

5.  Talk to your employer about including a note on organ donation in pay envelopes or in the company newsletter.

6.  Call  your local OPO to see how you can volunteer to increase organ donation.

7.  Call your nearest transplant center to see if you can be of help in increasing organ donation or volunteering your services to help transplant patients.

Because UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) is unlikely to change it’s policies regarding organ donation it it important for us to do whatever we can to encourage people to become donors.  The suffering of people who need organs is unnecessary.  If everyone became a donor we could end the suffering, the dying and the agony of the friends and families involved.  Please, reader, do your part.  I have offered but seven ideas, if you have more let’s hear from you.  This is a matter of life and death and allowing it to continue is a disgrace to all of us.


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. The Viewpoint blog was started in late 2016 and bears the name of the Radio Talk show Bob did from 1966 until 1974, when he resigned to become Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich first Press secretary. Bob and his artist wife Robin, live in Jacksonville, Florida with their two dogs, Reilly and Ziggy. Bob is also a woodworker and makes all of the furnishings for Robin's art festival booth. He also makes one of a kind jewelry or "memories" boxes that he donates to select transplant patients, caregivers, donor families and others who have somehow contributed to making life easier for the ill, the elderly and the less fortunate. Bob is in the final stages of editing two full-length novels that will be available on Kindle when ready for release sometime in early 2017. One is a sci fi novel about an amazing discovery near Roswell, New Mexico and you will be surprised to find it has nothing to do with the Roswell story everyone knows. It features a woman scientist who investigates impact craters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Dr. Rita Sylvester and her female student intern. The other book is a political thriller that introduces a new hero to the genre, Fargo Dennison.

Posted on December 31, 2008, in waiting for organs. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

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  12. Susan Mau Larson

    These are great ideas. If everyone made a personal commitment to completing just one imagine how much impact we could have. Last year we charged our staff to come up with simple ideas they could do to increase public support of donation. We developed a list of 97 ideas, some as simple as wearing a Donate Life shirt to the health club when you work out.

    Keep the ideas coming!



  13. More Tip Suggestions:

    It would be great if when people go in to renew/replace their drivers licenses, that it is made a part of the procedure that the employees remind/ask each person if they would like to be an organ donor and have pamphlets available for people to read at every Driver’s Center in the waiting room. Perhaps a volunteer aloud there occasionally upon their availability to bring attention to this information.

    My best friend Savilla Kress (see her website attached) – has end-stage kidney failure. She put together a Foundation and is also connected with a modeling website. By this exposure, a stranger has offered his kidney and the operation takes place on Monday. She lives in Vancouver Canada and he flew in from his home town in Las Vegas. Such a self-less act. My point is that exposure is indeed important. If you want to find an organ donor, reaching out via the internet sometimes makes miracles happen. If you or someone you know needs an organ, please don’t be afraid of exposure, please expose your need.


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