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Posted October 29th, 2013 under Our Kidney Korner

In a charitable life, Fame is not a Factor

Tags: Organ Donation, Organ Transplant, Kidney Donation, Kidney Transplant, NBA, ABC, Modern Family, Larry Hageman, Steve Jobs, Sarah Hyland, David Crosby, George Lopez, Alonzo Mourning

In a charitable life, Fame is not a Factor

What do “J.R. Ewing” (Larry Hagman) and Steve Jobs have in common?  People might argue that they were both pioneers in their professional fields but is there more?  How about Alonzo Mourning and “Hayley Dumphy” (Sarah Hyland) from ABCs Modern Family?  Aside from both being on TV, I, a fan of both Modern Family and the NBA cannot think of a thing.  Do you think David Crosby (two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) and George Lopez of comedy fame would have anything to talk about if they were stuck on the tarmac at LAX beside the comforts of first class?  I imagine they are both very interesting individuals and could pass the time.  Could you come up with a common thread between all of these people other than differing levels of fame?  I assume it would be difficult to find many people who know who Sarah Hyland and David Crosby both are without a few keystrokes on google.com.  Larry Hagman, Steve Jobs, Alonzo Mourning, Sara Hyland, David Crosby, and George Lopez have all been fortunate to received vital organ transplants that have allowed them to continue along their life paths and provided the world with things like “Major Nelson” from TVs I Dream of Jeanie and rhythmic guitar sounds of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

One of the many myths of organ donation is that people believe celebrities get preferential treatment when they have a need for an organ transplant (Learn more about Organ donation myths from the University of Michigan Transplant Center Click here).  Some of these individuals received organ donations from friends or family, while others received organs from diseased donors.  As we can see from this wide ranging list of individuals; kidney disease, liver cancer, or any other complication that can lead to the need for an organ transplant, cannot be predicted by age, race, or any other demographic. 

So, who should be educated and prepared to possibly need or give an organ in their lifetime?  Everyone!  Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.  To learn more about the current waiting list visit the United Organization for Organ Sharing at www.unos.org  or to learn more about organ donation and registration Click Here

You may be fortunate to never need an organ transplant but odds are that your mom, sister, cousin, or friend will, during your lifetime.  Educate yourself and those around you so when the time comes you, your friends, or your family can BE THE GOOD.

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