LifeSharers provides life-saving incentive to be an organ donor
Voice of the people
Thank you for your excellent editorial about the nationwide need for organ donors. It is a critical situation that demands our attention. I was especially interested in your thoughts on organ donors as I recently discovered a unique approach to the problem.
I would like to introduce LifeSharers, a nonprofit organ donor network founded in 2002 that uses an incentive-based model to encourage organ donor registration. The beauty of this approach is its simplicity: Everyone who joins LifeSharers agrees to donate their organs and further specifies that other members have first priority for their organs should they become available. As the voluntary network grows, members will have significantly better odds of finding an organ than otherwise would be the case.
At this early stage in its life, LifeSharers has only about 2,000 members, but founder David J. Undis has a great vision for the future.
Those who say it's unfair to give organs only to other members should think twice: Right now, non-donors receive 70 percent of all donated organs. LifeSharers' approach, which could be termed "If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours," might be just the cure for the nationwide organ crisis.
For more information and to sign up for your free membership, visit www.lifesharers.com or call 615-356-3918. My wife and I are now members.