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I Tried to Donate an Organ but There Were Strings Attached…

Posted 11:23 AM, August 20, 2010

By Scarlett O'Negative

Last week I went down to the local music shop fully intending to donate an organ. I also brought along a couple of Gibson guitars and a lute. I didn’t understand why the shop assistants were rolling in laughter. I guess I misunderstood what this organ donation thing was all about. So I started looking into it and the light bulb in my blood droppy head went off – it’s about saving lives, not saving musical instruments – duh! I didn’t need to look very far.

Apparently my colleagues at Stanford Blood Center have partnered with the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) to further save lives. This is what our guest blogger and CTDN project manager, Sandy Andrada, has to say:

The CTDN saves and improves lives by facilitating organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The CTDN helps 175 hospitals in 41 Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada counties offer the option of organ and tissue donation to families whose loved ones have died. They also coordinate deceased organ recovery and placement, and provide public education with the hope that every resident will become a donor.

In its public education efforts, the CTDN inspires Californians to register their wish to be an organ and tissue donor on the Donate Life California Donor Registry either at the DMV or through www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.

The California Transplant Donor Network is federally designated as the region's organ recovery organization. For information, visit www.ctdn.org or call (888) 570-9400.For more information on becoming a donor and the Donate Life California Donor Registry, visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or call (866) 797-2366.

Sandy, I couldn't have said it better myself. Speaking of musical instruments, I borrowed this lovely guitar from my pal, Bob Sherman.

Scarlett

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