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Motorcycle Rider and Organ Donor

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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The 'Live On. Ride On.' program asks motorcyclists to think about signing up to be an organ donor. I am. How 'bout you?
Just opened an interesting e-mail from the ‘Live On. Ride On.' campaign. It calls for motorcyclists to be organ donors. Calls them ‘heroes.’ It states that motorcyclists can live on and ride on by donating life. This particular program is aimed at motorcyclists in Central and Southeastern Ohio, but it doesn’t have to stop there. There is a need for ‘heroes’ everywhere.

I have signed up to be an anatomical donor. I’ve got a Class C license with a big M for motorcycle endorsement and a D under restrictions indicating that I am a donor. If tragedy did strike, then I hope that solace could be found in the fact that another might live. It’s a big decision, and I know that the thought of somebody poking and prodding around in your body after your dead doesn’t appeal to everybody. But I encourage all riders to think about it. What if someone you loved needed a transplant in order to live?

Motorcyclists might be a wild bunch, but we’re also a philanthropic lot. I don’t know how many poker runs I’ve seen to raise money for one cause or another. Signing up as a donor is another way to step up to the plate. It’s cliché, but you can’t take your internal organs with you, so if I die unexpectedly and my heart can keep a mother or father, son or daughter alive so that they can continue enjoying their family, then take it with my blessing. And let them know it came from a biker, so I can help shed some of the negative stereotyping we get.

Motorcyclists are a brave lot. We wouldn’t ride bikes at breakneck speeds on streets crowded with cars, otherwise. So next time you’re at the DMV renewing your motorcycle license, think about what I said, be brave, and sign up to be a donor. Hopefully it will never come into play. But it’s the last unselfish act you might do.

Here's a little story from the 'Live On. Ride On.' campaign courtesy of the Lifeline of Ohio website that I'd like to share:

"John Price has been riding motorcycles since he was 12 years old and had always been a registered organ and tissue donor. John saved four lives through organ donation after complications of a motorcycle accident in 2002. His family had the opportunity to meet his heart recipient who told them that when he woke up from his transplant surgery, he remembered dreaming about riding a motorcycle with a man he didn't know, even though he had never ridden a motorcycle before. John still lives on through his organ recipients."
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Bonnie -organ donor August 17, 2009 07:43 PM
My Aunt just died Aug. 6th 2009, in a motorcycle accident. We just found out that she gave 2 people eye sight! Many other organs were also donated, we just have not heard the good news of how many people she helped! She was 50 years old and a wonderful person, and she would of wanted something wonderful to come from her death. And so it sounds something wonderful has come of it! I love you Robin! You will forever be missed!
Tim B -Donate Your Organs! June 25, 2009 09:23 AM
I don't think organ donation should be mandatory (the US government has already taken away enough freedoms and choices so as it is), but I think it should be opt-out rather than opt-in like it currently is. That alone would give us thousands more good organs each year and it would save many more people. I am a motorcyclist who is an organ recipient so I can appreciate this much more than the average person. I got a heart back in 1999 at the age of 22.
jay -organ donor June 24, 2009 07:14 PM
organ doning should not be made mandatory by any means. You donate your organs because you freely do so and because you want to give the greatest gift you can to help others live. It can be the ultimate selfless act that you can do and I for one think that is the part that is the beautiful thing when people choose to be organ donors. any sort of "forced or mandatory" organ doning is a travesty and should never be done.
D. Allister -Organ donor June 24, 2009 06:58 PM
The program should be mandatory for all states where wearing a helmet is optional.