Service Above Self
“Rotary for LIFE”
Rotary Clubs of Columbia and Fulton, Missouri
Organ transplantation, the procedures used in recovering organs or tissue from one person and placing them into another, is one of the miraculous achievements of modern medicine. As a result multiple organs are now transplanted successfully saving or improving lives. Heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, pancreas and lower portions of small intestines are being safely transplanted. Transplanted tissues include corneas, heart valves, bone, skin, tendons, veins and cartilage.
There is a serious shortage of organs in Missouri and nationally. For many, this means undergoing difficult, stressful and expensive treatment and sometimes waiting for years. While a small percentage get the chance of extended life with successful transplantation, many do not survive the wait for a suitable organ. As of January 31, 2014 more than 77,250 Americans including 1,920 Missourians currently wait for life-saving transplants.
It is essential that millions step up and register as donors. Columbia and Fulton Rotary Clubs are helping to educate for such action. By placing Missouri Organ Donor Registry facts on the Rotary club websites and in newsletters any member can review the facts and register on those sites. It is simple, easily understood and appropriately keeps Rotarians on the forefront of service. No ethnic, economic or political influence is considered in the matching process for transplantation per guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.